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32 “But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord – how he may please the Lord. 33But he who is married cares about the things of the world – how he may please his wife. 34 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. 35And 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.”
 
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But I want you to be without care.
It is Paul’s aim that believers have freedom from care when the pressures of life come, so that is why he recommends that people stay single. Marriage takes a lot of time and requires many mundane tasks. Division of concern is just a fact of marriage.
He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord – how he may please the Lord.
Single people are able to give more time to the Lord and exclusively give themselves to the Lord because they have fewer distractions in life. They are undivided in their devotion to the Lord.
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But he who is married cares about the things of the world – how he may please his wife.
Marriage necessitates devotion to our mates. Married people must meet the daily demands of life. Their concerns are more divided about those issues than the single person.
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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.
Essential to a good marriage is protracted care of one another.
But she who is married cares about the things of the world – how she may please her husband.
Marriage of necessity involves giving significant care for one another. It necessitates additional obligations.
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And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper,
Marriage offers diversions from complete devotion to the Lord, while singleness has fewer distractions. Paul does not make this point to put a leash on the Corinthians about getting married but to establish the conditions for fully serving the Lord.
and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.
The Devil will throw a monkey wrench into the works every chance he can. If we allow it, marriage can become a distraction. This does not imply that people should neglect their mates, for that would be a disaster on the other end. Marriage takes time and effort; that is the point of this passage and the reason singles can serve the Lord to a higher degree. Then again, any spouse wholly devoted to the state of marriage, who is not giving consideration to serving the Lord, distorts the biblical intent for marriage.
PRINCIPLE:
Single people should view their singleness as a special opportunity to serve the Lord.
APPLICATION:
There are fewer demands on the time and money of a single person. Singles should use their freedom to serve the Lord. Martha’s distraction from sitting at the feet of Jesus came from her concern about making a meal.
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