Friday webex bible study was a blast. We looked at 1 Corinthians 7:1-16. This is a book we have been doing a verse by verse study on for the past few months.
Paul had a lot on his plate. The believers had asked him about marriage and the bedroom (see vs 1). He did not shy way from issue or shrink from it. He was a realist.
Fully aware of the rampant sexual immortality in the city of Corinth (see vs 2), he advised couples not to make each other vulnerable to sexual temptation by depriving each other in the bedroom. This advice is still valuable to us in the 21st century (see verses 2-5).
He also tackled divorce issues, remarriage, believers who are married to non Christians and celibacy (see verses 7-16).
One of his classic statements was, “It is better to marry than to burn with lust.” Check out 1Corinthians 7:8.
This brought up one of many questions. Should Christians marry just because of sex?
I must confess some people have rushed into a marriage relationship all for the purpose of not falling into sin, which can be very risky. The church should refrain from putting pressure on people to get married just to avoid falling into sin.
Paul does acknowledge the sex drive and expects it to be satisfied within the confines of marriage. But it will be absolutely silly to marry solely for sex. There is more to a relationship than just what happens in the bedroom. A relationship that is just focused on the physical aspect of marriage will go nowhere fast.
That said, as Christian couples, it will be smart to take the Apostles advice.
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