Advice on Marriage & Relationships

1 Cor. 7:1-16  Paul makes recommendations for a happy marriage between two believers: “each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband” (1 Corinthians 7:2). They should share fully with each other as a married couple. Paul adds a command from the Lord Jesus: “A wife should not leave her husband…  Also the husband should not divorce his wife.” (1 Corinthians 7:10-11).

 

Ruby wedding anniversary (40 years)

A happy marriage between two believers - 40 years on.

 

1 Cor. 7:17-24 In an age when slavery was commonplace, Paul says, “Each one of you should stay the way you were when God called you. If you were a slave when God called you, do not let that bother you. But if you can be free, then make good use of your freedom” (1 Corinthians 7:20-21).

1 Cor. 7:25-40 Paul gives his own personal opinion that those who are unmarried should remain so. Widows may re-marry – but believers should only marry another Christian.

Paul himself was unmarried; but Peter and James – the leaders of the church in Jerusalem – both had Christian wives (see 1 Corinthians 9:5).

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