Singleness

11 Jan

Scripture makes it clear that singleness is not inferior to marriage (1 Corinthians 7:7-9). In fact, Paul wants to stress it in the passage referenced. Both marriage and singleness contain blessings and struggles unique to their station. Both are gifts from the Lord when viewed by faith in Jesus Christ. Both may be temporary or long-term. Both find their perfect example in Jesus Christ who was single all his earthly life and remained holy and pure, yet will be wed to his Bride (the Church) for eternity in perfect holiness, faithfulness, and love.

SINGLES: Are you taking advantage of the blessings of singleness, even if you are eager to be married someday? Are you living in purity and holiness unto the Lord? Are you looking to Christ for your example and strength? Do you recognize that singleness (temporary or long-term) is not a lesser existence? Are you glorifying God with your single life?

MARRIEDS: Are you taking advantage of the blessings of marriage? Are you living in purity and holiness unto the Lord? Are you careful not to neglect the responsibilities that are necessary to the married and/or parenting life? Are you looking to Christ as your perfect example and strength? Are you welcoming of singles and acknowledging them as whole persons? Are you glorifying God with your married life?

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