Us in Real Life - Part 2
Series: Us In Real Life
April 30, 2017
Single and Loving It
US IN REAL LIFE – Part 2
1960 – 72% were married
2010 – 51% were married
1960 – Men married at 23 years, women at 20 years
2010 – Men married at 29 years, women at 26 years
1960 – 60% of people between 20 & 24 had married
2010 – 14% of people between 20 & 24 had married
(Hebrews 13:4 NLT) Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.
Single And Loving It
1. BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF
(1 Corinthians 7:8, 9 NLT) So I say to those who aren’t married and to widows - it’s better to stay unmarried, just as I am. But if they can’t control themselves, they should go ahead and marry. It’s better to marry than to burn with lust.
2. BE WISE ABOUT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES
(1 Corinthians 7:25 NLT) Now regarding your question about the young women who are not yet married. I do not have a command from the Lord for them. But the Lord in his mercy has given me wisdom that can be trusted, and I will share it with you.
(1 Corinthians 7:26 NLT) Because of the present crisis, I think it is best to remain as you are.
(1 Corinthians 7:27–29 NLT) If you have a wife, do not seek to end the marriage. If you do not have a wife, do not seek to get married. But if you do get married, it is not a sin. And if a young woman gets married, it is not a sin. However, those who get married at this time will have troubles, and I am trying to spare you those problems. But let me say this, dear brothers and sisters: The time that remains is very short...
3. BE RADICALLY DEVOTED WITH YOUR TIME
Corinthians 7:32–34 (NLT) I want you to be free from the concerns of this
life. An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord’s work and thinking
how to please him. But a married man has to think about his earthly
responsibilities and how to please his wife. His interests are divided...
(1 Corinthians 7:34 NLT)...In the same way, a woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be devoted to the Lord and holy in body and in spirit. But a married woman has to think about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband.
(1 Corinthians 7:35 NLT) I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.
4. BE CONSIDERATE OF YOUR FIANCEE
(1 Corinthians 7:36 NLT) But if a man thinks that he’s treating his fiancée improperly and will inevitably give in to his passion, let him marry her as he wishes. It is not a sin.
(1 Corinthians 7:37 NLT) But if he has decided firmly not to marry and there is no urgency and he can control his passion, he does well not to marry
(1 Corinthians 7:38 NLT) So the person who marries his fiancée does well, and the person who doesn’t marry does even better.
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