MONDAY 28th JANUARY, 2019
THEME: AVOID DIVIDED LOYALTY
PASSAGE. 1 COR. 7:28-35
28. But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you. 29. But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; 30. And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; 31. And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away. 32. But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 33. But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 34. There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 35. And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.
An adage states: “A doubting animal often falls a victim of death in the hands of a hunter.” The adage corroborates James 1:8 which states: “For that person must not suppose that a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways, will receive anything from the Lord”.
Paul does not say that marriage is wrong but he considers it unwise in view of the approaching persecution of Christians by the Roman authorities (1Cor.7:28-31). He points out that those who marry will face many difficulties. As too many Africans know from personal experience, family responsibilities weigh heavily in times of violence and persecution. He is giving guidance for the coming of the Lord is short. He wants them to have a single focus and to be devoted to the Lord in both body and Spirit (7:34) without the distractions but to free them to serve God wholeheartedly (7:35)
Indecision in Marriage often results (for some people) in Polygamy, Divorce, single motherhood and Polyandry…. and which adversely affects the vow to serve the Lord faithfully and fervently. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, said in Matt. 6:24 that “No man can serve two masters… Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Avoid divided loyalty. God demands whole hearted love to serve Him.
HYMN: EMHB 484
1: SOLDIERS of Christ, arise,
And put your armour on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies,
Through his eternal Son;
Strong in the Lord of Hosts,
And in his mighty power:
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts
Is more than conqueror.
2: Stand then in his great might,
With all his strength endued;
And take, to arm you for the fight,
The panoply of God.
That, having all things done,
And all your conflicts past,
Ye may o’ercome, through Christ alone,
And stand entire at last.
3: Stand then against your foes,
In close and firm array;
Legions of wily fiends oppose
Throughout the evil day:
But meet the sons of night;
But mock their vain design,
Armed in the arms of heavenly light,
Of righteousness divine.
4: Leave no unguarded place,
No weakness of the soul;
Take every virtue, every grace,
And fortify the whole:
To battle all proceed;
But arm yourselves with all the mind
That was in Christ, your Head.
1 Cor. 7:35 “I say this for your own benefit not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.”
God, remove every weight of sin that prevents me from flying high, and let me run with perseverance the heavenly race through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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