But the married person will have more trouble (the Greek word means “pressure”), and Paul is trying to spare him.Interpreters differ, and so I can’t be dogmatic, but I think that Paul sensed an impending time of persecution against the church.But beyond that, how do you know whom God wants you to marry? How can you know God’s will on this important decision?
Many Christians put pressure on singles, especially those getting along in years, to get married.
Sometimes we communicate an unbiblical attitude: “I wonder what’s wrong with him (or her) that he’s never married? Paul mentions at least two advantages for the person who is gifted to remain single.
He is not commanding being single, since he recognizes the single state as a gift which God only gives to some (7:7-9); but he is strongly commending it, since it was a gift he himself had, and since it provides a number of advantages for serving the Lord that being married precludes.
This is perhaps a word that needs to be spoken more often in our day.
This advice applies to every Christian, single or married, of course. Since the singles among us have had to listen to me talk about the family for the past couple of months, I thought we owed them a message that addresses many of their more direct concerns.
I want to develop three thoughts: While marriage is God’s normal design for most people, He has gifted some to remain single so that they can serve Him without the encumbrances that necessarily go along with marriage.
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.
In such a time, it’s easier to be single than married.
It’s one thing to be martyred for your faith as a single person.
(2) Singles have more freedom to devote themselves fully to God and His service.