I’d like to offer some practical advice to those who are single, based on Paul’s advice in 1 Corinthians 7.He was writing to a church in a pagan, sex-saturated society.Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.Unless otherwise indicated, all content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Many in that culture thought that satisfaction in life comes through gratifying sensual lusts.There were problems with immorality even among the members of the Corinthian church.
” Startled by the sound, the woman looked up and said, “Just anybody, Lord! But, if God wants you to be married, He doesn’t want you married to just anybody.
So Paul addresses these and some other problems in this chapter. But, his word to singles is: Singles should pursue a course that leads to the greatest devotion to Christ and His cause.
This advice applies to every Christian, single or married, of course. Since the singles among us have had to listen to me talk about the family for the past couple of months, I thought we owed them a message that addresses many of their more direct concerns.
I want to develop three thoughts: While marriage is God’s normal design for most people, He has gifted some to remain single so that they can serve Him without the encumbrances that necessarily go along with marriage.
When Paul says, “It is good for a man not to touch a woman” (7:1), he is using the word “touch” as a figure of speech that refers to the physical relationship in marriage as representing marriage as a whole.