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1 Corinthians 7: 1-9
7 Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” 2 But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. 5 Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command. 7 I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.
8 Now to the unmarried[a] and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. 9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
The issue is that we have no longer considered marriage a commodity as in the words of Pastor Jamal Bryant. Instead we date, have pre-marital sex, and find ourselves in situations rather than a legit relationships. Even among Christians this issues is very prevalent. Be it because of impatience, fear of being alone, wanting to be loved, etc. We give our bodies away to the wrong person in general, or the right person at the wrong time which is still the wrong person. God created marriage because it is type and shadow of our relationship with him. We are his bride, not some jump-off, booty-call, or side-chick; but his bride. Think about how many problems have you or someone you knew encountered because you gave yourself away? So this is more than just getting married to appease you burning desire for intimacy with the opposite sex (I have to make that clear); but rather married the one Christ has for you.
Also have a standard for yourself, but it has to be standard that you can reach as well. If you have a standard thatyou can't even reach then what makes you think you'll be able to find someone that may be at that standard who let you enter into their life? What do you bring to the table? Know who you are in Christ. You have a calling as well, you have a purpose as well. It's not just to be a husband or be a wife. Those are just titles for the team you're on.
You don't just want to marry any person out of convenience. That's a mistake. You don't want to compromise your faith in Christ for something you have to work at until death or the return of Christ. You want to have a team player, not a cheerleader, not a fan in the crowded auditorium.
Granted there are anomalies where an unbeliever marries the believer; but that is so far and few in between. Honestly you're taking a risk.
Does that mean that you that just marry any believer that professes to be Christian. NO! The word says to seek first the kingdom of God. We know the rest of the scripture. But it says to seek God first. You want to make sure this move is kingdom move, a kingdom choice for your life(Matthew 6:28-34).
You want the spouse you marry to be a decision that has been kingdom approved by God.
This is not just for you but for me as well.