(1 Corinthians 7:1-9) – Godly wisdom from trusted leadership.
One of the gifts in the body of Christ is that we can benefit from the wisdom of others who are more mature than us.
They’ve walked through things in life with the Lord that have helped them to gain godly perspective and insight.
Even if we’ve only been a believer for a short period of time, we have access to years of wisdom well beyond us.
This is the situation of 1 Corinthians 7. Paul is responding to some of the questions of the people in the church with wise and godly thoughts.
Here, its specific to marriage and sexual temptation.
His thoughts in verses 1-5 provide a good theological and practical backdrop to husbands and wives relating to one another sexually.
Neither should be dominant, demanding, or manipulative, but seek to serve each other and help one another stay away from temptation.
These things and more led Paul to think that it would be better to stay single to reserve all focus for the Lord.
He is not putting marriage down, but He is offering a plus to singleness. There are many pros to being married, but Paul is simply offering a plus to staying single.
There is much more he will comment on in the later verses of this chapter about this, but the point here really is that we should surround ourselves with godly people who will flood us with godly counsel.
If we don’t, we will get lost more easily and find ourselves figuring things out the hard way.
If you walk with wise people, you’ll be wise.