Week 44   Day 3


Paul's advice and teaching on marriage

            was given with a

            sense of urgency 

He believed Jesus was going to return

            for his church at any moment

and that this world as we know it

            would come to a sudden end 


Time is too short to spread yourself so thin 

            instead dedicate yourself 



                        and soul

            to God and God's business 


To that end 

            Paul saw the single state

            as superior.



Although Paul gets criticized

            for some of his views

            pertaining to men and women 

please note here he recommends

            mutuality between partners

            and the same standards

            for both husband and wife. 




                                  HUSBANDS AND WIVES

Remember that you are sojourners on your way to a better land.

                                       I Corinthians 7 & 10


    1Now concerning the things you wrote me:  It is good for a

man not to touch a woman.  2Nevertheless, because of sexual

immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman

have her own husband.  3Let the husband render to his wife the

affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 

4The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the

husband does.  Likewise the husband does not have authority

over his own body, but the wife does.  5Do not deprive one

another except with consent, for fasting and prayer. 

   8 I say to the unmarried and widows:  It is good for them to
remain as I am; 9but it is better to
marry than burn with passion.

    10Now to the married:  A wife is not to depart from her

husband.  11 If she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be

reconciled to her husband.  A husband is not to divorce his wife.

    12To the rest I, not the Lord, say:  If any believer has a wife

who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let

him not divorce her.  13Likewise for a wife.   15 If the unbeliever

departs, you are not under bondage in such cases.  But God
has called us to peace.  16How do you know, O wife, whether

you will save your husband?  How do you know, O husband,

whether you will save your wife?

    29This I say, the time is short, from now on even those who

have wives should be as though they had none.  32 I want you

to be without care.  He who is unmarried cares for the things

of the Lord--how he may please the Lord.  33But he who is

married cares about how he may please his wife.  34The

unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she

may be holy both in body and in spirit.  She who is married

cares about how she may please her husband.  35This I say

for your own profit, not to put a leash on you, but that you

may serve the Lord without distraction.

    39A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but

if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom

she wishes, only in the Lord.  40But she is happier if she

remains as she is, according to my judgment.

   12Let him who thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall. 

13No temptation has overtaken you except as is common

to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be

tempted beyond what you are able, but will also make the

way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 

              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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