Loving When You’re by Yourself
3 ways that one can love when you’re by yourself
I. ______________________ the value of being single (1 Corinthians 7:25-40)
A. Remember that being single is __________________ in some situations
1 Corinthians 7:25-28 - Now concerning virgins I have no command of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy. I think then that this is good in view of the present distress, that it is good for a man to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Yet such will have trouble in this life, and I am trying to spare you.
1 Corinthians 7:39-40 - A wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband is dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. But in my opinion she is happier if she remains as she is; and I think that I also have the Spirit of God.
B. Recognize that married folks have ______________________ that single persons do not
1 Corinthians 7:32-34 - But I want you to be free from concern. One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and his interests are divided. The woman who is unmarried, and the virgin, is concerned about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
C. Remember that ________________________ devotion to the Lord is for your benefit
1 Corinthians 7:35 - This I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but to promote what is appropriate and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord.
II. ____________ focused energy into the mission God has given you
1 Peter 2:9-10 - But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
A. God wants you to remember who ______ are
B. God wants you to focus on __________________ His praises
C. There are many possible ________ that God wants this accomplished
III. __________ against those sins and distractions that take you off mission
A. The challenge of ________-________________
Philippians 2:3-4 - Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
B. The challenge of _____________________________
Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
C. The challenge of ____________
1 Thessalonians 4:3 - For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality…