Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Thursday Devotion, August 27

1 Corinthians 7:1-7

7 Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry. 2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. 5 Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command. 7 I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.

Quick Notes

The Corinthians had a lot of questions about sex and marriage as we see in verse 1. Paul is not a big fan of marriage as the bonds of marriage make the spouse a very high priority for the other spouse, to a point that takes away from serving God. At the same time, because so many people were having sex outside the boundaries of marriage, Paul would rather people be married and not become impure than not marry and fall into sin. But make no mistake, marriage can hinder following God.

Quick Questions

Which do you think would allow you to serve God better: being married or being single? Why or why not?

Quick Prayer

O Lord, whatever my relationship plans may be, grace me with devotion to you. Amen.

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