Wednesday, July 28, 2021
I Corinthians 7:25-35
I Corinthians 7:25-35
 Now concerning the unmarried, I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy.
 I think that in view of the present distress it is well for a person to remain as he is.
 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek marriage.
 But if you marry, you do not sin, and if a girl marries she does not sin. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that.
 I mean, brethren, the appointed time has grown very short; from now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none,
 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods,
 and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the form of this world is passing away.
 I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord;
 but the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please his wife,
 and his interests are divided. And the unmarried woman or girl is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit; but the married woman is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please her husband.
 I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.
 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people;
 but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
 And he laid his hands on them and went away.
 And behold, one came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?”
 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”
 He said to him, “Which?” And Jesus said, “You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness,
 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
 The young man said to him, “All these I have observed; what do I still lack?”
 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.
 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
 When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”
 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
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