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1 Corinthians 7:32-34
Saturday, July 23 2011

To Marry or Not to Marry...

When we get married, our focus changes:

"I should like you to be free of anxieties. An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But a married man is anxious about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and he is divided. An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in both body and spirit. A married woman, on the other hand, is anxious about the things of the world, how she may please her husband."  -1 Corinthians 7:32-34, NAB

The rest of 1 Corinthians 7 continues to discuss whether we choose to get married or not.  This verse explains how getting married can change our focus from the Lord to our spouse.  While Paul makes a very valid point, it does not mean that we have to make it come true.  Yes, as a married couple, a man and woman should focus on one another, but that does not mean that we have to abandon our relationship with Christ.  This verse is not an excuse to forget about our obligations to the Lord; instead, it should remind us to keep Him ever present in our mind and heart.  While many will focus solely on each other, I think it is possible for a couple to focus on God together.  One person can do great works in the name of the Lord, but two people working together can accomplish that much more.  Keep Christ at the center of your relationship.  Do not focus only on each other, but refocus it on the One who blessed you with each other in the first place.  With your focus on God, your relationship can take on new meaning and reach new heights.

 

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