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Monday, July 6, 2015

Monday's Message: Your First Love

Your First Love: 
Until you are head over heals in love with Christ, you are not ready to add a spouse into your life.  We live in a society that places a lot of pressure on people to be in a relationship.  Both in the church and in the world adults, teens, and even “tweens” it seems feel obligated to be constantly attached to someone!  Apparently, many folks keep searching for their, “soul-mate” even after they have said their vows?  I fear that several have arrived at the conclusion that there is a perfect mate out there waiting to cross paths with them, and once found, they will enter a “fairy tale relationship” that requires little to no effort and also produces a lifetime of happiness.  Believer, there is a fulfilling relationship available to you that can produce a lifetime of happiness, no matter your current “dating status.”  Place your focus on the one who loves you far more than you or I could ever comprehend.  Study His Word; fervently pray to Him; be faithful to His house; and experience the most loving, exciting, and satisfying relationship you will ever know!
I Corinthians 7:25-40:
 25  Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. 
26  I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be. 
27  Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. 
28  But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you. 
29  But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; 
30  And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; 
31  And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away. 32  But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 
33  But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 
34  There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 
35  And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction. 
36  But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry. 37  Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well. 
38  So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better. 
39  The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. 
40  But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God. 

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