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Some Thoughts on Singleness – Part 1

by David Cross

26 September 2012

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I would like you to be free from worry. An unmarried man concerns himself with the Lord`s work, because he is trying to please the Lord. But a married man concerns himself with worldly matters, because he wants to please his wife; and so he is pulled in two directions.
1 Corinthians 7:32-34a, GNB

There are many attitudes towards the issue of singleness, and some of them can be unhelpful, and even harmful. I would like to share a few thoughts, today and tomorrow. In his belief that the days were urgent for committed service to the Lord, Paul personally saw singleness as an advantage. In a very forthright way he wrestled with the cost and the benefit of married life, not opposing marriage, but concluding that the state of singleness, such as his own, could give an advantage.

Earlier in the chapter containing today`s verse Paul implies that his own ability to be settled with, and indeed delight in, a life of singleness was a personal gift from God. A specific gifting for this way of living may indeed be experienced by some believers as they seek to walk in the destiny of their lives. However for many single people such a calling and gifting are not personally evident, as they hold in their hearts a rightful desire to be married, whether this is for the first time or after loss of a spouse.

Marriage is good, God-ordained, an expression of covenant and a safe place for procreation. It is not wrong to look forward to these things, but the challenge is to find true peace with God whether in singleness or in marriage. In fact it’s important, within the Body of Christ for all of us to fully respect both states, seeing neither as inferior nor undesirable, but fully welcoming each other as valid members of God’s family, each of us sometimes needing kindness and help from others, in both words and actions.

Prayer: Father God, remind me to see all my married and single brothers and sisters as precious members of the Body of Christ, each one needing encouragement to fulfil their personal destiny in the challenging journey of faith. Amen.

David Cross David is part of the Executive Leadership of Ellel Ministries, with particular responsibility for the Ellel centres in Western Europe. He is married to Denise and they have three grown up children and eight grandchildren. David has been a civil engineer and ski-touring instructor in the Highlands of Scotland. He is passionate about the teaching and practice of the healing and deliverance ministry of Jesus and has written several books: Soul Ties, Trapped by Control, God’s Covering, The Dangers of Alternative Ways to Healing(co-authored with John Berry), an A to Z Guide to the Healing Ministry, What`s Wrong with Human Rights? and, most recently, God`s Way out of Depression. You can follow a daily thought from David on Twitter: @dmcross62


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