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.
How can a Christian be a partner with one who doesn't believe?
" Amos 3:3, NKJV says, "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?
But my dishonesty made me miserable and filled my days with frustration. My strength evaporated like water on a sunny day until I finally admitted all my sins to You and stopped trying to hide them.
I said to myself, 'I will confess them to the Lord.' And You forgave me! Now I say that each believer should confess his sins to God when he is aware of them, while there is time to be forgiven. You are my hiding place from every storm of life; You even keep me from getting into trouble!
Apparently, in reaction to the sensuality of the culture, some in the church were saying that all sex is wrong. Perhaps they even pointed to the Apostle Paul as their hero.
Even some who were married concluded that it was more spiritual to abstain from sexual relations in marriage.
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 ()." Don't date someone who claims to be a Christian but doesn't live it. "What I meant was that you are not to keep company with anyone who claims to be a brother Christian but indulges in sexual sins, or is greedy, or is a swindler, or worships idols, or is a drunkard, or abusive.Don't even eat lunch with such a person." Avoid dating people who have a bad temper. "Now here is a command, dear brothers, given in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ by his authority: Stay away from any Christian who spends his days in laziness and does not follow the ideal of hard work we set up for you." Inner beauty counts the most. "May God who gives patience, steadiness, and encouragement help you to live in complete harmony with each other—each with the attitude of Christ toward the other." Date someone who encourages you and is supportive. "Is there any such thing as Christians cheering each other up? Does it mean anything to you that we are brothers in the Lord, sharing the same Spirit? Then make me truly happy by loving each other, working together with one heart and mind and purpose. For I admit my shameful deed—it haunts me day and night." Second, Ask forgiveness for your sin—God says you can start over again. "Sprinkle me with the cleansing blood and I shall be clean again. And after You have punished me, give me back my joy again.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?But beyond that, how do you know whom God wants you to marry? How can you know God’s will on this important decision?