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Love/Life Day 3

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Scripture: Matthew 19:11-12.  Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

Devotional: There are many reasons for which a person might be single.  Some would say they haven’t met the right person.  Others may have been rejected by the one they love.  Still others are single by choice or calling. 

 In Matthew 19, Jesus is in the region of Judea teaching about a variety of people – some who were highly valued in the culture of the day, others who were not.  Married, divorced, single, children, rich and poor.  But the overall message of Jesus’ teaching here is about the Kingdom of God.

 Whether you are single by choice or not,– the message is to live for the sake of the Kingdom of God.  He mentions that not everyone can accept this word – in other words, some will not be able to embrace their singleness ,take advantage of the benefits, and live fully for God’s kingdom sake. 

 How about you?

 Reflect:

  • Have you been able to embrace that, no matter your relationship status, that you are called to live for the sake of God’s Kingdom?
  • How might you more fully live out this calling?

Love/Life Day 2

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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:32-35  I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.

 Devotional: One of the things I remember enjoying most about my single life is the opportunity to find contentment in my relationship with God.  I so enjoyed the intimacy and feeling that it was just God and me in my little house, and I was able to spend countless hours there just talking with Him, being in His Word, and concerning myself with His plans for my daily life.  There was a simplicity and joy in every day.  

 I am grateful for the fact that He brought the most wonderful man into my life to share a common purpose of serving God in our individual lives, and in our marriage.  But the reality is, I do understand now the divided interests of which Paul speaks. There are now added concerns of investing in our marital relationship and in being a “wife of noble character” (Proverbs 31).

 Whether you are married or single, we are all called to be devoted to the Lord.  To “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your strength” (Deut. 6:5) applies to us all. But if you are single, rejoice that you have the freedom to concern yourself more wholly to the Lord’s affairs and to be devoted to Him in both body and spirit.

 Reflect:

  • Whether married or single, what ways can you commit yourself more fully in devotion to God, both in body and spirit? 

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