Corinth, We Have a Problem Chapter 7
1 Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5 Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment. 7 For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that. 8 But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; 9 but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
V. 1) There was a common misconception in the Corinthian church that men were not to marry. This was not only a physical or social problem, it was a spiritual problem.
18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
We were never designed to be alone in this life. For those of you who have said “I’ll never marry” or “I’m better off by myself” The Bible tells us that we put ourselves at a great disadvantage by not finding the spouse that God has set aside for us.
V. 2 - 6 Paul is telling the Corinthians, and has been telling them throughout this whole book, to stay away from sexual immorality at all costs. He is giving specific instructions to married couples. If you ever wanted marital advice, its right here in the Bible! Note that he says in verse 6 that this is a concession and not a commandment. Paul is not promoting legalism here, but a suggestion. If its in the Bible, I’d say its a pretty good suggestion.