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What Should I Do     1 Cor. 7:10-16, 32-39    June 27, 2010

Introduction
If we believe the Bible is our guide for all of life we really do not need to ask What Should I Do? We can simply follow the Bible.

1.What Should I Do Related To A Believing Spouse Who . . Leaves. 7:10-11
A.Accept The . . Command Of God’s Word. 7:10
10 I command the married—not I, but the Lord—a wife is not to leave her husband.

B. Accept The . . Challenge Of God’s Word. 7:11
11 But if she does leave, she must remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband—and a husband is not to leave his wife.

It is interesting that Paul makes a difference between a pronouncement from him and one from the Lord. Paul said a wife is not to leave her husband and a husband is not to leave his wife. Where did he get those thoughts? I would say from other passages of scripture that obviously state the word of God. The permanence of marriage needed to be emphasized in Paul’s day and certainly in ours. If a spouse leaves that spouse must remain unmarried or return to his/her mate.


2.What Should I Do Related To An Unbelieving Spouse Who . . Leaves. 7:12-16
A.Accept The . . Opinion Of Paul. 7:12
12 But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has an unbelieving wife, and she is willing to live with
him, he must not leave her.

B.Accept The . . Opportunity Of Evangelism. 7:13-14
13 Also, if any woman has an unbelieving husband, and he is willing to live with her, she must not leave her husband. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the Christian husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.

C.Accept The Unknown . . Outcome Of Obedience. 7:15-16
15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let him leave, A brother or a sister is not bound in such cases. God has called you to peace. 16 For you, wife, how do you know whether you will save your husband? Or you, husband, how do you know whether you will save your wife? HCSB

Paul tells these believers if they are married to an unbeliever they need to continue if their partner agrees.
Some of these folks became Christians after they were married. The opportunity to win their spouse to the Lord
gave another reason for them to stay together and build their marriage. Some men give their wives credit for winning them to the Lord, and on some occasions the wife shares she became a Christian through the influence of her husband.


3.What Should I Do Related To An Unmarried Person . . Remaining Single. 7:32-35
A.Possible . . Benefits Of Living The Single Life As A Christian. 7:32, 34b
32 I want you to be without concerns. An unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord. 34b An unmarried woman or a virgin is concerned about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy both in body and in spirit.


B.Possible . . Barrier Of Living The Married Life As A Christian. 7:33, 34, 34bc, 35
 33 But a married man is concerned about the things of the world—how he may please his wife— 34 and he is divided. 34c But a married woman is concerned about the things of the world—how she may please her husband. 35 Now I am saying this for your own benefit, not to put a restraint on you, but because of what is proper, and so that you may be devoted to the Lord without distraction.

Is it all right for an unmarried person to remain single? Paul tells them it is okay and that they have an opportunity to serve the Lord even better because they have more opportunity to give their concerns and attention to the things of the Lord. He then states that married people must be concerned about their spouse in addition to the concern of the things of the Lord. Paul’s personal lifestyle as a single man demonstrated a time schedule free to serve the Lord. Now it must be remembered in the beginning God created a wife for Adam and said, “it is not good for man to be alone.” I would personally say many men like me would say their wife has helped in serving the Lord and we produced two girls who serve the Lord and produced eight grandchildren. The possibility of being “fruitful and multiplying” can only properly happen in a marriage relationship.


4.What Should I Do Related To Unmarried Persons . . Requesting Marriage. 7:36-39
A.The . . Possibilities Facing The Father Of An Unmarried Daughter. 7:36-38
36 But if any man thinks he is acting improperly toward his virgin if she is past marriageable age, and so it must be, he can do what he wants. He is not sinning; they can get married. 37 But he who stands firm in his heart (who is under no compulsion, but has control over his own will) and has decided in his heart to keep his own virgin, will do well. 38 So then he who married his virgin does well, but he who does not marry will do better.

B.The . . Principals Facing Married Wife. 7:39
39 A wife is bounds as long as her husband is living. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to
anyone she wants—only in the Lord. HCSB

The thought of a father thinking he would do wrong by allowing his daughter to marry probably increased with a thought the Lord would come again soon. If that be true he thought they all should give themselves to serving the Lord with no other commitments. Paul restates the principal of permanence in marriage and that it should not be considered a temporary relationship. These principals need to be included in our thoughts of;What Should I Do? Amen? Amen!