MONDAY, JUNE 19
1 Corinthians 7:1-2
"It is good for a man not
to touch a woman."
SINGLEHOOD OR MARRIAGE?
As time goes by, there will be those in church who will get married. Those who remain single may be pressurised by friends and family to get married. Then there are those who get into marital troubles because they were not ready for married life. Such issues must have also occurred in the Corinthian church, prompting the Apostle Paul to address them in 1 Corinthians 7.
Paul began by saying that "it is good for a man not to touch a woman." To "touch a woman" is an idiomatic expression referring to marriage. This is also verified by the context where it stands in opposition to 1 Corinthians 7:2 which talks about marriage.
When Paul said that it was "good" for a man not to marry, he was not saying that it is bad to be married. God Himself instituted marriage. He declared in Genesis 2:18, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." Thus, it is good to get married. However, singlehood affords certain advantages, for married life comes with its own sets of difficulties, challenges, vexations and anxieties. It is in that sense that singlehood is better than marriage. Further details were given by Paul later in the chapter.
Paul realised that Christians lived in a sexually immoral world. A man would be exposed to many temptations. In light of this, it was good for a person (who could not abide in singlehood) to be married to avoid fornication. Sex is only honourable between husband and wife. "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge" (Heb 13:4). Thereafter, let every man rejoice in "the wife of … (his) youth" (Prov 5:18). Note also that the words "wife" and "husband" are in the singular. The Bible teaches monogamy and not polygamy.
THOUGHT: Single? Or married? God’s will for me is the best.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank Thee for Thy will for me.