Psalms 116-118, 1 Corinthians 7:1-19 • Key Verses: 1 Corinthians 7:2-3
In a world of extremes, Paul brings balance. He addresses in this chapter one of the significant subjects of life—sex. In a few verses he details for us what God intends in regard to this topic.
Abstinence is God’s will for the unmarried. Paul, who was himself single, did not view singleness negatively, but he did view sexual immorality that way. Believers should not be in a hurry to marry according to verse 1.
In the marital relationship each partner is to meet the needs of the other. It is not a one-sided arrangement. The only limitation is this: sex is reserved for the married, God puts no limitations on a husband and wife. The only exception is when a couple mutually agrees to a limited time of celibacy for the purpose of devoting themselves to a concentrated time of prayer.
We need to realize that singleness is not wrong, nor is the single person “second class” in any respect. In regard to sex, however, the single person must live according to God s standard of abstinence. That is contrary to the ways of our society, but it conforms to the will of God.
For the married, God has given clear instruction. Sex within marriage is good. Keep it there. That is His will.
The Word of God is clear regarding sexual purity. We need to be just as clear in our commitment to it. If you are single, ask God to help you maintain a life of abstinence. If you are married, ask God to make your relationship with your spouse one of fulfillment and blessing.
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett