Paul the apostle remained unmarried through his life. What did he say about marriage?
- I think that it is good for you to remain as you are. Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.(1 Corinthians)
- Now to the unmarried the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am.(1 Corinthians)
There are many people who think that unmarried people are somewhat strange, however, Paul did not think so. On the contrary, he advised that it is good to stay unmarried.
Why did Paul think so? We know that from the following parts.
- An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs – how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world – how he can please his wife – and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of his world – how she can please her husband.(1 Corinthians)
According to Paul, we tend to please husband/wife instead of the Lord once we get married. Paul concluded as follows.
- So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does even better.(1 Corinthians)
There are many unmarried people who are worried about not having his/her partner, but Paul reminds us that the most important thing for us is to please the Lord, not his/her partner.