Priorities: 1 Corinthians 7 (1 September 2020)

Bible Society's Daily Reflections follow the M'Cheyne Bible reading plan, designed for those who want to read the whole Bible in one year. Each reflection focuses on one of its four daily chapters. Darllenwch rhain yn Gymraeg.

Pray

Pray

Still my mind, Lord, and let me hear you.

Reflect

Daily reflection: 1 Corinthians 7

Throughout Chapter 7, Paul keeps returning to the topic of marital relations; it helps to read it as a whole to follow his line of argument. The situational backdrop is key: Paul is expecting Christ to return very soon and summon a Church surrounded by hostile forces. The way Paul talks about love has to be read in that context.

So, this is no timeless guide on whether to marry or remain single, just as the reference to slaves (verse 21) isn’t about social or racial inequality. Paul wrote for a specific audience in a specific situation, against a specific, mid-first-century backdrop.

And yet, there are enduring principles: take marriage and family commitments seriously. Don’t over-romanticise love. Don’t underestimate temptation. Don’t worry about your worldly status. And above all, don’t get too wrapped up in this life, but focus on what is yet to come.

Pray

Pray

Lord, help me to seek your kingdom and righteousness above all else.

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