Day 64…1 Corinthians 7:8-9

August 22, 2011 at 10:55 AM Leave a comment

1 Corinthians 7:8-9: A message to singles & widows:

Paul laid down the general principles for marriage in the previous verses now he chooses to speak to various situations, starting with instructions to the single people and widows (widowers).

v.8-9, Paul’s single focus was on honouring God in service to him in his Kingdom. With that in mind Paul says “those who aren’t married and to widows [widowers]–it’s better to stay unmarried.” He wants those believers in Corinth to be single-minded in their service to God and he believes marriage would just be another distraction. However if they “cannot control themselves, they should marry..” Paul is simply saying if the sexual immorality all around them (which was common in the city of Corinth) was tempting them and they had problems with self-control, then get married. “…for it is better to marry than to burn with passion” Paul wanted the believers to know is better for them to marry then be forced into a life of celibacy where their natural uncontrollable desires would lead them to sin. It is one thing to have the gift of celibacy, but it is another to be forced to be celibate without the grace to live this lifestyle.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? I don’t think Paul is telling us in order to avoid the sin of fornication we should get married. And that sexual pressure is the best motive for getting married. No, definitely not. Unfortunately many young believers get married for this very reason. I think Paul is telling us to practice self-control in all areas of our life, not just sexual desires.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?  I have many areas of my life I need to practice self-control. So I am going to ask God each day to help with self-control. I know it is easier to do whatever I want and go on sinning but to honour God I need to practice self-control.

God, please help me to be self-controlled in my actions, words and thoughts, when my natural uncontrollable desires lead me to sin.

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Entry filed under: Journey Thru the Bible.

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