Thursday, September 17, 2009

1 Corinthians 7:1-8

"Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: 'It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.' But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. 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. 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.

Now as a concession, not a command, I say this, I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.

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."

How many marriages could be saved
if this one principal could be applied?

It is human nature for a man and woman to desire one another. (Note . . . it does not say a man & another man, or a woman & another woman!!) Our bodies do not belong to ourselves, rather they belong to our spouse, so that they do not burn with desire for someone outside the marriage. We make marriage vows before God for this oneness with our beloved, but where does it go wrong? Satan has a way of destruction that is ever so subtle, and it ruins one home after another.

So Paul is saying, satisfy your spouse and his or her eyes will be less tempted to wander.

I was also thinking about the fact that Jesus never married. Paul followed the example of Christ and became united with his Heavenly Father. Completely devoted to his first love, his Almighty God.

Think about how much time you would have to do the Lord's work if you did not have a family! Although that kind of life is not for everyone, I admire those who serve whole-heartily. Yet we can see how even priests are tempted by such sexual desires.

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