A. Solomon, as an inspired man of God, expressed a rather depressing view of life (Ecclesiastes 1:2, Ecclesiastes 2:17, Ecclesiastes 6:11, and Ecclesiastes 12:8).
- A whole study of Solomon reveals he pursued things to satisfy the flesh to an horrific outcome (I Kings 11:1-11).
- He also lived under the carnal law (Romans 8:1-3) that did not have the hope that we do in Christ (I Peter 1:3).
- People who walk about sad and depressed have not thought about the effects that such a demeanor has on their spiritual and physical health (Proverbs 12:25, Proverbs 15:13, and II Corinthians 7:10).
- Besides setting your affections on things above (Colossians 3:1-4), understand that it is POSSIBLE that we can live in such a manner that we can love life and see good days (I Peter 3:8-11).
II. Body: I Corinthians 7:12-16
A. Paul’s counsel was/is not easily dismissible as just another opinion of a mortal man (I Corinthians 7:39-40).
- Paul acknowledged, in this context, that he was interjecting his personal judgment in various areas (I Corinthians 7:6-11; 7:25-28).
- Consider the source and the evidence that he is not seeking to gain followers of his own will (I Corinthians 3:1-7).
- Paul sought to use his authority to edify, not destroy (II Corinthians 10:8).
- Having said those things, wouldn’t it have been wise for the Corinthians to adhere to his counsel (Proverbs 1:5, Proverbs 12:15, and Proverbs 19:20)?
- Is there a chance the unbelieving spouse can be converted by their faithful husband or wife (I Peter 3:1-7)?
- Can you lawfully put away a spouse because he or she chooses not to be a believer (Mark 10:1-12)?
- Sometimes, even in the most dire of circumstances, something comes about “by chance” (Luke 10:30-35).
- This applies spiritually. Things can get tough. We cannot become “weary in well doing” (Galatians 6:9 and II Thessalonians 3:13).
- It is possible to miss out on some potentially good things in this life if we predetermine failure before something that has a chance to succeed even comes about (Exodus 6:1-9).
III. Conclusion: Be careful not to destroy something that COULD, by chance, work out for good; because you just can’t see it now. Sometimes things turn out better than we might expect (Ruth 1:1-18; 2:1-3; 4:13).
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