Bible verses missionary dating
But beyond that, how do you know whom God wants you to marry? How can you know God’s will on this important decision?I’d like to offer some practical advice to those who are single, based on Paul’s advice in 1 Corinthians 7.
Late one afternoon she went into the woods to pray for a husband.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.” 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.We all know that the bottom line is that Christians must only marry Christians. What should be your motives if you’re seeking a mate?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.
Thus, he means, “It is good to remain single.” He restates the same idea in 7:7-9, and discusses it at length in -40.
Marriage carries with it certain responsibilities and obligations that take time and effort which otherwise could have been given to the Lord.
Of course, many single people are not as devoted to the Lord as many married people are.
He seems like a nice person.” But Paul teaches that being single is good if a person is gifted for it, since it opens some opportunities for serving Christ that are closed to married people. (1) Singles have more freedom in difficult times ().
To say this is not to deprecate marriage, which both Paul and other biblical writers esteem as God’s good gift (1 Tim. Paul is quick to add that a person who marries at such a time has not sinned ().
(2) Singles have more freedom to devote themselves fully to God and His service.