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As a single woman, for years my view of marriage was based more on what it takes from a life than what it can add to it. But over time, I've been able to better understand marriage by studying God's Word.

In 1 Corinthians 7:8-9, Paul's general advice is that it's better to stay unmarried because of the opportunities it provides to serve Christ without distraction. The reasons given are: (1) Single people will not have to deal with the unique problems that married people face (vv.25-28). (2) Because the end is near, Christians shouldn't let marriage and the things of the world become their dominant concerns. Their primary focus should be Jesus and eternity (vv.29-31). (3) Since marriage brings earthly responsibilities, singles will be able to devote their lives more fully to serving God (vv.32-35).

But if marriage comes with so many disadvantages, why did God institute this covenant relationship? Here's where the whole counsel of God's Word is vital! While singles may have fewer everyday concerns than married couples, it's also true that two is better than one (Ecclesiastes 4:9). We can see God's blueprint for marriage in Genesis 2:18-25. This passage reveals that, in marriage, the man and wife complement each other in His service.

There's also a selflessness in marriage that one can never attain alone. It's a relationship in which living for another's best interest is put to the test, and yet, at the same time, can be extremely rewarding. A God-honoring marriage is also a strong witness of Christ's love for the church (Ephesians 5:21-33).

Our primary concern should always be our relationship with Jesus, regardless of marital status (Luke 14:26). So whether you're single or married, keep seeking Him and rest in what He deems best for you. , Poh Fang Chia

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