1 Corinthians 7

1 Corinthians 7 has Paul responding to specific questions about marriage from the church at Corinth.  Paul tackles the question of sex and submission head on.  “For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does”.  When we are married, we need to understand that God’s plan for marriage is not about self, but giving to our spouse.  We aren’t in control of what we want, but need to be subject to what our partner wants.  Sex is God’s plan, not man’s.

Since the beginning of time, sex has been misused by people.  There is power in how we control our bodies and our interaction with each other.  Paul makes it clear that sex is part of a normal healthy marriage.  “Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control”.  Sex is part of God’s plan for a healthy and thriving marriage.  We should never use it as a club or way to manipulate one another.

Paul makes a case both for being married, and for staying single.  It somewhat appears that being single is less complicated, but he doesn’t discount marriage.  What he does say is that “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.  This is my rule in all the churches”.  We need to seek God and understand what His will is for our life regarding marriage.  God has a perfect plan for us.  We merely need to seek and understand what that looks like in our situation.

He reminds us that we need to remember that we are not our own but were bought with a price, and a might steep price at that.  It cost God the life of His only Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us from our sin.  “You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men”.  It’s easy to fall into temptation and become trapped by any number of things that will cause us to fall into slavery.  We can quickly lose our way and become consumed with the ways of man.  But Christ died for us, and we need to remember that He alone is our Lord.

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