By Jeremy Writebol
He wouldn’t leave her side.
When I asked David to consider a significant leadership role within our church, he politely declined. I felt I had all the right reasons for needing him to step into this role, but his perspective on what was urgent and most important was quite different from my own. His concern was for his wife, whose life was on a countdown clock—one cancer had created and hadn’t given a definitive answer of when time would be up. For him, knowing that her time was short, he wouldn’t find himself in any leadership or ministry capacity apart from her. The urgency of time shaped the way he stewarded his marriage. It should shape ours as well.
The Corinthians had inquired of Paul regarding some issues they were trying to sort out. Namely, questions about marriage, singleness, and divorce, and the timing of all those things, rang in their minds. The church wondered if the return of Christ was at hand and the end of the age was near. It was enough for them to wonder what they should do with their relationships.
The instruction Paul gives them in 1 Corinthians 7 is just as relevant for us today as it was then. Married believers should love and serve each other in the way marriage is intended to be demonstrated (vv.1-7). Marriage is indeed good, and married believers should not divorce or abandon their spouses (vv.10-11). If you are married to an unbeliever and they want to stay married, then do so (vv.12-16). Single people can pursue marriage, although it may be wise to remain unmarried if you possess the gift of singleness (vv.8-9, 25-35). And in whatever station in life you find yourself at this present time, choose to “remain with God” (v.24).
The point is that, given the brevity of life and the serious nature of the times, Scripture calls us not to squander our current relationships, but instead to be better managers of them all the more. “God has called [us] to live in peace” with one another (v.15). And though “time is limited” and “this world in its current form is passing away” (vv.29, 31), Paul says these things serve to give us a right perspective on our lives and relationships.
The brevity of our lives should motivate us to walk with one another in dignity, love, and integrity. In light of the passing times, we are called to steward our singleness or marriages well. Whatever the case may be, we are to devote our relationships to the Lord.
Written by Jeremy Writebol
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7 thoughts on "Principles of Marriage"
I have been struggling. I just broke up with my girlfriend Lani last Wednesday, and I don’t know if it was the right thing. We are both going into our senior year in high school. I have dreams of going off to college out west. But she is my best friend and I love her and I could see myself marrying her. I broke up with her mainly for the reason 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 gives us, but I don’t feel what we have is worth giving up. I’m pretty lost and confused.
Dayv9: How cool is it gonna be to be married someday? I can’t speak to this, but I’m sure it’s the coolest thing ever. Also, getting to have sex? I’m down. What a gift from God. Definitely not to be squandered. He’s got a plan for all of us in this. I wonder what the gift of singleness looks like. I hope I don’t have it.. lol. I pray that we are all working to be better men of God that would be able to serve him and a wife well. I pray we have patience and understanding for Gods plan to let things happen the way they should according to him. Love y’all. ⚒
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