BEING SINGLE

Single & Satisfied

 

KEYS FOR LIVING - BEING SINGLE

Although certain sects within Judaism encouraged remaining unmarried in order to foster devotion to God, it was certainly not typical behavior in the culture into which Jesus was born more than 2,000 years ago. Yet He was not the only one who, for whatever reason, was unmarried and yet lived a fulfilled and productive life. The single life is a special life that offers special opportunities and has special meaning for those who choose it—or for those who choose to accept their unmarried state with contentment. As the apostle Paul said about his singleness,

“I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.”

1 Corinthians 7:7

What Does It Mean to Be Single?

  • The word single means “consisting of a separate, unique whole” (an individual).
  • Single suggests being exclusively attentive (an undivided heart).
  • The word single comes from the Latin word singulus, which means “one only.”

“She showed single devotion to her religion. To those whose views are single and direct, it is a great comfort to have to do business with frank and honorable minds.” —Thomas Jefferson

Symptoms of those who tend to struggle with singleness in life include difficulties with:

  • Identity (“Who am I?” “What is my purpose?”); (Ephesians 2:10)
  • Loneliness (“I need someone to share my life.” “I feel so alone.”); (Hebrews 13:5)
  • Rejection (“I am not wanted.” “I must not be lovable.”); (1 John 3:1)
  • Fear (“I will be all alone when I am old.” “I don’t want to be hurt ever again.”); (Isaiah 41:10)
  • Bitterness (“I am not receiving the best in life.” “God must be punishing me.”); (Psalm 84:11)
  • Sexuality (“A sexual relationship is the only means to intimacy.” “I don’t know what to do with my sexual desires.”); (Romans 12:1)
  • Self-Worth (“I don’t feel valuable.” “I am not worthy enough to be loved.”); (Isaiah 43:4)

In our Singleness to the Lord, we should all allow ourselves to focus on being content and the Lord’s content in our relationship with Him.

  • Focus on pleasing the Lord. (1 Corinthians 7:32)
  • Have undivided devotion to the Lord. (1 Corinthians 7:34-35)
  • Singleness can be the happier state. (1 Corinthians 7:40)

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Grace Filled Words:

“In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is— and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.”  

1 Corinthians 7:40

“Be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’”

Hebrews 13:5

“You are complete in Him”

Colossians 2:10

Additional Scriptures

1 Corinthians chapter 7

Matthew 6:33

Proverbs 17:17

1Timothy 6:6

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