These are amazing days of EVERYTHING changing all around us. Morals are ERODED. Conscience seems to be VANISHING. The Family as God designed it to be is being ERASED. So, what is–GOD’S DESIGN FOR SEX & MARRIAGE, CONTENTMENT, and DIVORCE.
Summary: Christ’s church was born into a sin-warped, sin-darkened world of mixed-up marriages, sin-scarred lives, and confused families. But men and women who were gloriously saved did not automatically become great wives and mothers, or husbands and fathers.
When they came to Christ and were forgiven, God graciously gave them everything they needed to become godly wives, mothers, husbands, and fathers. But, they needed something else. They needed worship services that taught them to believe correctly, and then they needed small group discipleship times to learn how to behave correctly.
These new believers needed coaching, training, modeling, and encouragement in a one-on-one relationship. Godly behavior is a series of choices, and those men and women had to be nurtured in daily skills that would lead to loving marriages and families.
So, God prompted Paul to write some words that can reach across the centuries and revitalize any marriage, and family, and any home. The key is found in the call for not only Spirit-prompted agape love that is within the heart of every born-again believer—God also wanted each marriage and family to be trained in phileo love. God wants wives to practice the constant improvement of an emotional love of friendship, companionship, and of a shared life with their husbands.
This love that glues husbands to their wives is a love that is chosen, and a love that is modeled, and a love that can be learned.
1. 1 Corinthians 7:1—Paul explains that the power of sexual attraction is so powerful we need to be very careful.
2. 1 Corinthians 7:2-4—mutual loving companionship is God’s plan, with mutual submission.
3. 1 Corinthians 7:5—not to show physical affection is to deprive one another and open a door to Satan’s attacks.
4. 1 Corinthians 7:6-9—Paul was gifted with singleness, not wanting to be married, most are not.
5. 1 Corinthians 7:8,10,25—Paul describes three states of believers: unmarried (divorced); married; virgins (never married).
6. 1 Corinthians 7:10-16—stay married if at all possible. If wed to pagan, the sanctifying power touches the (v. 14) children.
7. 1 Corinthians 7:17-24—a call to not constantly want somethings else. Be content.
8. 1 Corinthians 7:25-40—Paul says to be undistracted in ministry if called to singleness; but if married, we have a priority to care for our partner.
Application Prayer: Lord, teach me how to love Bonnie as You love me. I want to be her best friend, closest of all on Earth to her, and loving her as You, my Savior, love me. Help me not allow Satan a place to tempt me. Teach me this contentment in life and marriage, so I can show others how to follow Your way by my example. Amen