Saturday, December 19, 2009

maybe Paul was on to something...

inspiration: Being single

In a society where media/entertainment industry seems to portray "love" and "happiness" as synonymous, mutually-exclusive things, sometimes it makes being single a real bummer!

Now, I realize that is not always the case...There are a lot of us who are happy being single and independent and I'm, honestly, trying to get back to that mindset myself. But for me, I've tasted love and experienced what it's like to be in love and I've felt the "he's-the-one" feelings...and it's hard to take back the "single and loving it" attitude I had before.

But I recently read through 1 Corinthians. Chapter 7 is Paul's take on marriage. Of course, we all know we are to have only one husband/wife and Biblically, we are not to divorce (except by marital unfaithfulness), lest we become adulterers (Matthew 5, Matthew 19, Mark 10). But in talking about the covenants of marriage, Paul says these things:

  • "Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy. Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for you to remain as you are. Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this." (verses 25-28)

  • "I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord's affairs—how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife—and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord's affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband." (verses 32-34)

  • "I am saying this for our own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord." (verse 35)

...so maybe Paul was truly on to something. Being single isn't all that bad.
Because in being single, we are setting ourselves up to be fully devoted to the Lord.

So as it stands, maybe I should not be so concerned about "the affairs of this world", but to be in "undivided devotion to the Lord". :)

"A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her."

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