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.
– 1 Corinthians 7:7
The Apostle Paul was an unmarried, unencumbered servant of Christ. He found this to be beneficial, in the work he did for the Kingdom of God. But he also recognized this ability to live in singleness as (apparently) a supernatural gifting. He recognized the greater flexibility this gave him, in the work of the ministry. Therefore he would write, “I wish that all men were even as I myself.” But he also recognized the reality that not all people were as he was. In fact, it is actually a minority of people who will untimely remain single.
God does enable and gift some to be single, and wholly dedicated to the work of the Lord. If one can do this, in purity, as unto the Lord, then they ought to do so. But “if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion” (1 Cor. 7:9).
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