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1 Corinthians 7

March 19, 2010

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

26 thoughts on “1 Corinthians 7”

  1. vv. 1 – 7 talks about the intimate relationship between a husband and a wife. Just as our bodies are not our own, they belong to Christ who purchased them with His blood, so as marriage partners, our bodies belong to each other. I am appalled at the number of wives especially, who "punish" their husbands by withholding sexual intimacy. I pray they understand that this is a sin against their husbands and against God. That doesn't mean she is obligated to have sexual intimacy, that destroys the beauty of the act. It simply means there should be no deliberate withholding in order to get even.

    I would love to have accurate statistics on the number of married couples that refrain from sexual activity in order to pray. I would love to have accurate statistics on how many people give up anything in order to pray. I'm afraid the "Sweet Hour of Prayer" has turned into the "Quick 2 seconds of saying hi and bye to God." I include myself among those who desparately need to spend more time in prayer.

  2. vv. 1 – 7 talks about the intimate relationship between a husband and a wife. Just as our bodies are not our own, they belong to Christ who purchased them with His blood, so as marriage partners, our bodies belong to each other. I am appalled at the number of wives especially, who "punish" their husbands by withholding sexual intimacy. I pray they understand that this is a sin against their husbands and against God. That doesn't mean she is obligated to have sexual intimacy, that destroys the beauty of the act. It simply means there should be no deliberate withholding in order to get even.

    I would love to have accurate statistics on the number of married couples that refrain from sexual activity in order to pray. I would love to have accurate statistics on how many people give up anything in order to pray. I'm afraid the "Sweet Hour of Prayer" has turned into the "Quick 2 seconds of saying hi and bye to God." I include myself among those who desparately need to spend more time in prayer.

  3. vv. 8 – 16 is Paul's teaching on marriage for the Christian man and woman. The thing that strikes me most from these verses is that having a spouse that is not living for the Lord is no excuse for getting out of the marriage. It is extremely difficult to live with an unbelieving spouse, but God is gracious and gives strength and spiritual growth to those who obey and stay in the marriage. It is a hard thing, but God hates divorce and gives only unfaithfulness (adultery) or desertion as the only permissable reasons for divorce. It seems people still want to justify marital separation and divorce for many other reasons. This is a rich chapter.

  4. vv. 8 – 16 is Paul's teaching on marriage for the Christian man and woman. The thing that strikes me most from these verses is that having a spouse that is not living for the Lord is no excuse for getting out of the marriage. It is extremely difficult to live with an unbelieving spouse, but God is gracious and gives strength and spiritual growth to those who obey and stay in the marriage. It is a hard thing, but God hates divorce and gives only unfaithfulness (adultery) or desertion as the only permissable reasons for divorce. It seems people still want to justify marital separation and divorce for many other reasons. This is a rich chapter.

  5. Alison C

    Oops!
    I meant Chapter 7 not just v 7.

    Yes, INSIDE THE SHRINK we can learn lots for this reading.

    v 17 Nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him……..

  6. Alison C

    Oops!
    I meant Chapter 7 not just v 7.

    Yes, INSIDE THE SHRINK we can learn lots for this reading.

    v 17 Nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him……..

  7. Yes there is a lot in here.

    It is quite interesting how this chapter is set out. V.8-9 is addressed to the unmarried and the widows. V.10-24 is address to the married. V.25-38 is addressed to virgins, which would suggest the unmarried in V.8-9 are not virgins?? Widows are referred to separately. In the very next verses after v.8-9 Paul talks about divorce. All which suggests that the unmarried in v.8-9 are divorced people. All the more interesting when Paul says: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am. Furthermore Paul does not include himself when he addresses virgins.

    How interesting!

  8. Yes there is a lot in here.

    It is quite interesting how this chapter is set out. V.8-9 is addressed to the unmarried and the widows. V.10-24 is address to the married. V.25-38 is addressed to virgins, which would suggest the unmarried in V.8-9 are not virgins?? Widows are referred to separately. In the very next verses after v.8-9 Paul talks about divorce. All which suggests that the unmarried in v.8-9 are divorced people. All the more interesting when Paul says: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am. Furthermore Paul does not include himself when he addresses virgins.

    How interesting!

  9. Alison C

    Our study is about Marriage…..
    I was reading
    Proverbs 21:9
    Better to live on the corner of roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

    This made me smile as I thought about it!

  10. Alison C

    Our study is about Marriage…..
    I was reading
    Proverbs 21:9
    Better to live on the corner of roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

    This made me smile as I thought about it!

  11. Thanks Alison. My favourite proverb on this subject is:
    Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. Proverbs 17:1

  12. Thanks Alison. My favourite proverb on this subject is:
    Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. Proverbs 17:1

  13. Moving away from the marriage theme for the moment:
    v.30-31 …those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them

    So easy to become engrossed in things of this world and act like we own something forever. So we need to remember…this world in its present form is passing away (v.31).

  14. Moving away from the marriage theme for the moment:
    v.30-31 …those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them

    So easy to become engrossed in things of this world and act like we own something forever. So we need to remember…this world in its present form is passing away (v.31).

  15. Paul seems to have a couple of summarizing statements:

    v.15 God has called us to live in peace.

    v.35 …that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.

  16. Paul seems to have a couple of summarizing statements:

    v.15 God has called us to live in peace.

    v.35 …that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.

  17. I've focused in on verse 23 "You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men."

    Wouldn't we be totally bent out of shape if we hired a person to do work for us and that person took our money, but did not do the work we intended them to do, instead they met friends at a party and wasted the day away. But, this is exactly what many people do to the Lord. Yes, Lord, I will serve you. And yet they continue on in the ways of the world. Humans are strong willed aren't they?

  18. I've focused in on verse 23 "You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men."

    Wouldn't we be totally bent out of shape if we hired a person to do work for us and that person took our money, but did not do the work we intended them to do, instead they met friends at a party and wasted the day away. But, this is exactly what many people do to the Lord. Yes, Lord, I will serve you. And yet they continue on in the ways of the world. Humans are strong willed aren't they?

  19. Yep, definitely strong willed! Also we forget that it's all about Him, and not about us which is difficult when we are such visual people.

    We are people who have been bought at a huge price, how grateful we should be.

  20. Yep, definitely strong willed! Also we forget that it's all about Him, and not about us which is difficult when we are such visual people.

    We are people who have been bought at a huge price, how grateful we should be.

  21. v.39 A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord.

    Some wonder whether it is ok to marry an unbeliever. I think Paul makes it clear here that it is not a good thing to do.

  22. v.39 A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord.

    Some wonder whether it is ok to marry an unbeliever. I think Paul makes it clear here that it is not a good thing to do.

  23. v.5 Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

    Interesting that here (for the married person) a lack of self control can lead to an abstinence from sex which is not healthy.

  24. v.5 Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

    Interesting that here (for the married person) a lack of self control can lead to an abstinence from sex which is not healthy.

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