Friday, September 14, 2012

The Unmarried Christian: Real advantages

There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world—how she may please her husband. - 1 Corinthians 7:34, NKJV
The apostle Paul tells us that the unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, but the married woman cares about the things of the world.  This does not mean that the married woman does not care about the things of God or cannot care about the things of God.  Paul is merely pointing out the real advantages of being single.  A married woman cannot devote herself entirely to the work of the Lord; she has a family to care for.  She can't leave at the drop of a hat and become a missionary in a far-off country.  She can't spend an entire day in prayer and fasting; she has duties at home.  She can't give all of her money to the church; she has a family to feed.  A single woman has real advantages in doing the work of God over a married woman.  And as single women, we have the opportunity to be thankful for these advantages and not resentful that God has not yet given us a husband.

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