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A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold is as pictures of silver.(Prov.25:11) It is so important to speak the right words to people at the right time to produce the right results. When you think of apples of gold in pictures of silver, then you are thinking of wealth and excellence. When we speak wisdom into the lives of others we are making them wealthy. Therefore we must seek God for He is the source of all wisdom and He will give us just the right words needed at the right time.
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  • #Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. And if any man thinks that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. But if any man loves God, the same is known of him. As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world and that there is none other God but one. I Cor. 8:1-4

    Knowledge puffs up, while love builds up. We must love God with all our heart, mind, and soul. To love God is to be known of God. Idols are nothing, and as concerning, therefore, the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto is nothing. There is one God and we must never knowingly eat meats that are sacrificed to idols. For he that eats meats sacrificed to idols has a weakened conscience and is defiled. Also, do not get caught up in devil worship such as Holloween.

  • #So then he that giveth her in marriage does well, but he that gives her not in marriage does better. The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth, but if her husband is dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. But she is happier if she so abides, after my judgment and I think also that I have the Spirit of God. I Cor. 7:38-40

    Paul gives his judgment on the matter of widows, that it is good for them to remain unmarried. Yet if they marry, let them marry a Christian so that they will not be unequally yoked. Some think that they can live together and be Christians, but we must avoid all appearance of evil. There is no temptation given unto man but that which is common to man and God is faithful that he will not tempt you more than you can bear, yet will with the temptation provide a way of escape. So live a holy life and glorify God in your bodies, and make no provisions for the flesh to fulfill the lust thereof.

  • #And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction. But if any man thinks that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she passes the flower of her age and needs so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not; let them marry. Nevertheless, he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well. I Cor. 7:35-38

    Paul admonishes the Corinthians that if a man has power over his own heart to keep his virgin, then he does well. Nevertheless, let everyone attend upon the Lord without distraction. However, if he marries, then he hath not sinned but does well also. Once she passes the flower of her age let them marry and glorify God in body, as well as spirit.

  • #But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. There is a difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit, but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. I Cor. 7:32-34

    There is a difference between the unmarried and the married. For the unmarried cares for how they may please the Lord. While the married cares how they may please their spouse. The Lord would have us to live a holy life in both body and spirit as well as how to please your spouse.

     

  • #But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned and if a virgin marry she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh, but I spare you. But this I say brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none, And they that weep, as though they wept not and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not and they that buy, as though they possessed not, And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away. I Cor. 7:28-31

    Paul wants those that marry to know they have not sinned and if a virgin marries hath not sinned. Nevertheless such will have trouble in the flesh. Marriage is honorable in all and the bed not defiled. Yet fornicators and adulterers shall be judged. We must use this world and not abuse this world, for the fashion of this world will pass away. Marriage is difficult enough and lives on a budget that will take away a lot of stress out of life. Life is short and we don't know when the Lord will require our soul of us. So, that we will rejoice in the Lord and live a life of service esteeming the other greater than ourselves.

  • #Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God. Now concerning virgins, I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be. I Cor. 7:24-26

    O that virgins would remain in the present state that God had called them, as Paul received no commandment from God about them. Yet it is better due to the stress of the present day that they remain virgins. Every man and woman has their gift from God thus it is better to serve the Lord unmarried. If you cannot abide in that state and burn with lust for your mate, then it is better to marry. Nevertheless, such shall have trouble in the flesh, for the married will try to please their spouse and their service to the Lord will be divided.

  • #Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art thou called being a servant? care not for it, but if thou mayest be free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise, also he that is called, being free is Christ's servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. I Cor. 7:20-23

    Jesus paid the ultimate price for us at the Cross and we are not to be servants of men. Let us be a bondman of the Lord Jesus Christ and not use our freedom as a cloak of malice. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provisions for the flesh to fulfill its lust.

  • #But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not and she is pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath a husband that believeth not and if he is pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean, but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God hath called us to peace. I Cor. 7:12-15

    Paul is speaking by the wisdom given him through the Holy Spirit concerning divorce and how if the unbelieving spouse is pleased to stay, do not put them away, for he or she is sanctified by the believing spouse. But if they depart, then the believing spouse is not under bondage to the marriage, for God would have us to be in peace. I am separated from my wife and praying for the Lord to do a new work in our marriage. We are at peace and seeking the Lord's will in the marriage. So everyone must know how to possess their body in sanctification and honor by living a holy life.

  • #But I speak this by permission and not of commandment. For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner and another after that. I say for the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. And to the unmarried I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband, but and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband and let not the husband put away his wife. I Cor. 7:6-11

    Paul is speaking by the will of God to the unmarried, widows, and those separated from marriage. It is good to remain single if it is your gift. Celibacy is a gift, just as marriage is as well. Yet not everyone can remain single and it is better to marry than to burn in lust. To the widows, it is better to remain unmarried and seek the Lord. To those in difficult marriages, it is better for the wife not to leave her husband and the husband should not put away the wife for the children are sanctified in the marriage. Reconciliation is to be the goal if she departs and is not a believer she is sanctified by the believing husband. I can say as a separated husband from his wife, that prayer, and fasting is needed to remain in the state of separation. Marriage is a gift and Celibacy as well so one must pray to the Lord to sustain him or her in such a situation.

  • #Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due to benevolence and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not the power of her own body, but the husband and likewise also the husband hath not the power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it, be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer and come together again, that Satan tempts you not for your incontinency. I Cor. 7:1-5

    It is important that a man not touch a woman in a sexual way and to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, as well as every woman,  have her own husband. Now the husband must render sexual gratification to the wife and likewise the wife to the husband. Never defraud ye one another for the wife does not have power over her own body but the husband, and likewise the husband does not have power over his body but the wife. Only come apart when you both consent for a time of fasting and prayer to the Lord. Then come together after a season, so that the devil cannot tempt you. This is how we overcome the sexual immorality from coming into your marriage.

     

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