If that isn’t possible, my first responsibility is to raise my children.So being single means that you will have more freedom in difficult situations than a man or woman with a family will have.When Paul says, “It is good for a man not to touch a woman” (7:1), he is using the word “touch” as a figure of speech that refers to the physical relationship in marriage as representing marriage as a whole.
Some countries are not conducive to raising a family because of the political, economic, or educational situations.He seems like a nice person.” But Paul teaches that being single is good if a person is gifted for it, since it opens some opportunities for serving Christ that are closed to married people. (1) Singles have more freedom in difficult times ().To say this is not to deprecate marriage, which both Paul and other biblical writers esteem as God’s good gift (1 Tim. Paul is quick to add that a person who marries at such a time has not sinned ().He was writing to a church in a pagan, sex-saturated society.Many in that culture thought that satisfaction in life comes through gratifying sensual lusts.But it’s much more difficult to be imprisoned or face martyrdom if you’re married, both for you and for your family.If you sense God’s call to be a missionary to a part of the world where you may likely suffer persecution or severe hardship for the sake of the gospel, you should consider remaining single.Even some who were married concluded that it was more spiritual to abstain from sexual relations in marriage.So Paul addresses these and some other problems in this chapter. But, his word to singles is: Singles should pursue a course that leads to the greatest devotion to Christ and His cause.But beyond that, how do you know whom God wants you to marry? How can you know God’s will on this important decision?I’d like to offer some practical advice to those who are single, based on Paul’s advice in 1 Corinthians 7.