Welcome to The Pastor’s Studio. In today’s episode Pastor Conrad Mbewe gives biblical counsel about being single to Christians.
There are essentially two words of counsel that are given to us here:
1 Corinthians 7:8, “To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single, as I am. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.”
Being Single Is Good
First of all it is this, that if you are not married you are in fact in an advantaged position. And that’s why Paul says there very clearly that it is good for Christians to remain single.
The reason why the scriptures here counsel young people, single people, to take advantage of their singleness, is so that they can concentrate on the things of God. Serving the Lord, seeking to be a means by which individuals around you can come to know Christ as Lord and Saviour as you go about with other believers sharing the gospel. Seeking to be a blessing to others because you have no anxieties about family life. It is all about the Lord. So that’s the first counsel around being single. It is this – give yourself unreservedly to Christian service.
But Beware of Sexual Sin
But then there is a second word that he gives regarding being single which is equally important. He puts it this way: “But if they cannot exercise self-control”, that is 1 Corinthians 7:9 “they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.”
In other words the counsel that is being given here is pretty simple. If you are finding yourself struggling with lust, simple, quickly marry! So that you may now go into the phase where you have other responsibilities in life but at least you are not sinning against the Lord by finding yourself in sexual immorality.
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Originally published by The Pastors Studio, Zambia