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1 Corinthians 7:6-24
How many of you are single? How many of you wish you were married? How many of you are married? How many of you wish you were single? Don't raise your hands! Seriously, one of the biggest challenges in life is to be content in our stage of life. It has been well said, "Happiness is not having what you want. It is wanting what you have." Nowhere is this truer than singleness and marriage. God's desire and expectation is that you and I would be content in Christ, whatever circumstances we find ourselves in.
The apostle Paul modeled godly contentment. In Phil 4:11, he wrote that he had "learned to be content in any circumstance" (NET). Amazingly, he penned these words from a Roman prison. Paul could say he was content in Christ even while he was suffering great hardship. Paul allowed Jesus Christ to transform his heart and mind and give him a supernatural perspective. Can you honestly say that you share Paul's perspective? Are you content in your singleness or marriage? If not, why are you not content? Could it be that you are seeking your own happiness? When it comes to issues pertaining to singleness, marriage, and divorce and remarriage, the question is not, "What will make me happiest?" but "What will make God happiest?"
In 1 Cor 7:6-24, Paul will tell us that God is happy when we are content. Therefore, if you want to bring a smile to the face of God, cultivate contentment. As you do, you will find that contentment is one of the keys to Christianity. In this passage, Paul will lay out three directives that will help us to live a life of contentment.
1. Consider marriage carefully (7:6-9). Paul expresses his preference that all Christians be single as he is. Nevertheless, he acknowledges that both marriage and singleness are viable options for the Christian. In 7:6, Paul writes, "But this I say by way of concession, not of command." Paul wants to mak ...
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