The Gift of Singleness

There is a difference also between a wife and a virgin: “the unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, how she may be holy both in body and spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.” ~ 1 Corinthians 7:34

We all know and believe that God has given each of us a gift, something special, something unique, that enables us to become fully functional members of the body of Christ. (1 Cor. 12:4; 12:12) Do we look at singleness as a gift? The time when we are of eligible age for marriage and there is no other person in sight to marry, do we embrace it? Do we welcome it wholeheartedly?

Oftentimes I hear a lot about the gift of marriage. The pleasures of having a best friend beside you. The joy of raising a family. Many times I have heard preached that marriage is a beautiful, tangible picture of Christ and His bride, the church (Eph. 5:25-27). We are conditioned to think in terms of marriage from a young age….

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