1) How do you deal with temptation? What safeguards to you need to have?
2) Are you content with where you are in life? Can God use you right where you are?
3) How can you keep your focus on God in the midst of the distractions of life? What practices can you place in your life to help?
Paul is writing in response to a question from the Corinthian church (7:1). Based on the answer, the question seems to be, “In order to stay pure, isn’t it best for a man to not even touch a woman?” Paul agrees, but states that since there are so many temptations, it is best to marry to have a place to live out sexuality (7:2). But even in the context of marriage, Paul points out that our sexuality is not to be lived out selfishly.
Paul seems to provide a balance to his words about being married or not being married. Basically, he says that whatever your position was before Christ is the position you should maintain after Christ (7:17). He then applies this to other aspects of life (7:18-23). Paul seems to be saying that it’s not about changing your status in life that matters; it’s about God changing your heart.
While Paul certainly approves of marriage, he seems to favor celibacy (7:7, 9, 25-35). Paul’s point is that being single gives one the opportunity to fully devote themselves to the Lord (7:32). While relationships can indeed be distracting, they also provide the place to live out a life of love and faith. We need to overcome any distractions by working hard to focus on God throughout the busyness of life.