I want us to learn something from the words of the Apostle Paul in the following verses:
1 Corinthians 7:6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. 7 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.
As we all know, the Apostle Paul never married and from the scriptures above you will realized that it was a gift given to him by God. The Apostle Paul is saying that he would that all men were like him, which he finally adds that it's a gift from God.
There are many people who want to be like Apostle Paul, but I want you to notice that, that was Paul's gift. Though that was his gift, he could have still go ahead to marry like the other Apostles. Why am I saying this? You can find out from what the Apostle Paul said here:
1 Corinthians 9:5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
Apart from it being Paul's gift, he also said something for those of us who do not have the gift but still want to stay unmarried. We can find that in
1 Corinthians 7:37 But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin—this man also does the right thing.
The above is what Apostle Paul is saying about those who want to stay unmarried. Such people need to have a certain kind of mindset and have control over their own will. I believe the ability to have control over one's will is also a gift.
One other thing that make Paul not to marry
Apart from the gift Paul had, one other thing that kept the Apostle Paul from marrying was the zeal and passion he had for the things of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul was the kind who could not go without preaching the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So my brethren, if you desire to stay unmarried like the Apostle Paul, then you need that same gift and the passion and zeal Paul had.
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