Summary: Through giving specific advice to people in all different types of relationships, Paul instructs the Corinthians to serve God right where they are and not seek some sort of life or relationship change in order to serve him effectively.
An elementary school teacher gave each child in her class the first half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. Their insights may surprise you!
Better to be safe than... punch a 5th grader.
The original proverb: Better to be safe than sorry!
A rolling stone... plays the guitar.
The original proverb: A rolling stone gathers no moss.
A bird in the hand is... a real mess.
The original proverb: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
The squeaking wheel gets... annoying.
The original proverb: The squeaking wheel gets the grease.
I think, therefore I... get a headache.
The original proverb: I think, therefore I am.
There is nothing new under the... bed.
The original proverb: There is nothing new under the sun.
A penny saved is... not much.
The original proverb: A penny saved is a penny earned.
Two’s company, three’s... the Musketeers.
The original proverb: Two’s company, three’s a crowd.
Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and... you have to blow your nose.
Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and... someone yells, "Shut up!"
The original proverb: Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone.
The grass is always greener... when you leave the sprinkler on.
The grass is always greener... when you put manure on it.
The original proverb: The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
“The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.”
This is true in many areas of life, but especially, it seems, in the area of marriage. So many people who are single are sure they would be happier if they were married. Many married people feel convinced they would be happier if they were get divorced. Many divorced people feel they would be happier if they had never been married at all.
But which type of lifestyle is best for being a follower of Jesus Christ? Is it better to be married or to be single? Is it better to stay married to an unbeliever or divorce them?
These are the types of questions Paul addresses in the 7th chapter of 1 Corinthians. Up to this point he has been dealing with issues he had heard about from others, but now he begins answering some specific questions they sent him in the form of a letter he received while in Ephesus.
Before we get into this chapter and the advice it gives to people in different marital situations, let’s remember who the Corinthian church consists of. These are people who lived their entire life outside of anything remotely like “Christianity”. When many of them got married, the gospel message had not yet come to Corinth. Sexual immorality was rampant, and a major part of idol worship in Corinth. And so, those who converted to Christianity had questions about the role that sexuality and marriage had in their development as Christian disciples. Let’s listen is as Paul advises them – and see what we can apply to our own lives.
1 Corinthians 7:1-6 (NLT)
1Now about the questions you asked in your letter. Yes, it is good to live a celibate life. 2But because there is so much sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband.