Read thru New Testament Devotional – August 26, 2017

August 26


1 Corinthians 7:25-40

1 Corinthians 7:25-38-Paul now answers another question that the Corinthians had posed for him.  Evidently, they wanted to know if an unmarried person, a “virgin”, should pursue being married.  It is possible that this question was in reference to a particular situation that he was aware of…but of which we have no details.  He simply responds that in this instance, celibacy would have its advantages, but is not necessary, or required.  He says that there is nothing wrong (sinful) with marrying…but, he reminds them that being married brings responsibilities that are not present in the life of a single person (:28).  He says that in all matters with which we deal we should do whatever is possible to keep ourselves free from anything which could potentially have a negative affect upon our living for Christ (:32-35).  Paul calls this “undistracted devotion to the Lord” (:35).  His reasoning is that "the time has been shortened" (:29-Christ is returning soon) and we should begin to live now in a manner that is in keeping with how things will be in eternity (:31).

1 Corinthians 7:39-40-Another question Paul was asked was if it was okay for a wife to remarry if her husband died.  Paul says that in such a situation it is okay to marry again.  However, the person to be married should be a believer.  And once again, he reminds them that marriage can have challenges of its own.

Prayer: Father, how close is the day of Your coming?  Please help me to live as if You had just told me that it was tomorrow.  Help me to live in the light of Your coming and in the lifestyle of Heaven.


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