Christian dating temptation
The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matt. “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. The Christian life might be summed up this way: it is a lifestyle of loving and obedient devotion to Christ, which bears out in a commitment to love people with relational integrity, and to participate actively in His kingdom mission of disciple-making.
The apostle Paul and church father John Calvin, counter to the thinking of their time, proclaimed the surprising worth of being single and celibate, echoing Jesus’ words.To follow Jesus faithfully means we need to reorient our values and priorities radically.One radical value Jesus proclaimed was that single men and women had equal standing in His kingdom.“To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am….I say this…to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.” What Jesus and Paul said was revolutionary!Our sexuality is but one aspect of our being, of being created in the image of God.
Our sexuality is best understood through the lens of the broader Christian life of devotion to Jesus that bears out in our day-to-day decisions and priorities.
Calvin explained the blessing of singleness this way when he commented on 1 Corinthians : “For what purpose celibacy is to be desired—not on its own account, nor on the ground of its being a state that is nearer to perfection, but that we may cleave to God without distraction— Calvin, a married man, agreed with Paul and Jesus in proclaiming that singles can potentially cleave to Jesus, attending on Him through loving devotion and service, in a far less distracted way than married people.
The celibate life is often only defined as a sexless life.
The absence of a spouse, and perhaps children, provides time, energy, and a relational focus that can be poured into loving others and a broad spectrum of rich relationships.
In other words, the “lack” that singles experience is meant to be a doorway into an abundantly fruitful life—spiritually, relationally, and vocationally for the eternal kingdom of Christ.
Singles are complete in Christ just as much as those who are married.