Serve the Lord without distraction

1 Corinthians Bible Background

08.26.2016 New Testament: 1Co 7.34–35

To read the Bible in a year, read First Corinthians 7.25–40 on August 26, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Whatever the devil can do to distract us from serving the Lord, he will do it. Therefore, Paul wrote,

There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world—how she may please her husband. And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction (1 Corinthians 7.34–35). 

Distractions, even good things or neutral things, keep us from focusing upon what is important. We serve the Lord first and marriage can distract us from that, but if we cannot remain free of sin by being single, Paul teaches elsewhere in this chapter that we are free to marry.

For some people, marriage distracts them from serving the Lord. For other people, remaining single distracts them from serving the Lord. Do what you have to do to serve the Lord.

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