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.
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?
I’d like to offer some practical advice to those who are single, based on Paul’s advice in 1 Corinthians 7.
(2) Singles have more freedom to devote themselves fully to God and His service.
In -35, Paul points out that the married person, of necessity, cannot be as devoted to the Lord as the single person.
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.