Believest Thou Are His: Lesson 2

Monday, February 10, 2014

The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit:” (1 Corinthians 7:34)


Last week, we discussed that the unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord where she may have more undivided time to devote her life to pleasing God. We’re going a little deeper today to discuss how she is to be holy in both body and in spirit.

Holy in this verse means set apart for Divine work, sacred physically, clean, and pure

Body in this verse refers to how she uses her body and form to the glory of God, through healthy living, sacrifice, and service

Spirit in this verse means her rational soul, heart, and will are separated for God, so that she possesses qualities of grace, wisdom, exercises the mind of Christ, and seeks peace

It’s not enough to say you’re holy to your church family and then turn around and do all kinds of things with your body when no one is looking. Neither is it enough to keep your body pure, yet store impure thoughts in your spirit.

God has called us to be holy, wholly…in both body and spirit

Just because we’re single doesn’t mean we are free to do with our bodies what we please. We are to use these vessels to showcase God’s goodness. It may be your body, but it is Still. His. Temple.

Are you showing a little more skin to be noticed by man, or showing a little more faith to gain God’s attention? Are you whipping your body into shape to post selfies on Facebook, or to have more energy and strength to serve for the Lord?

It’s important to note why Paul was talking to the church at Corinth about using their bodies and spirits to please God. Corinth was an urban center, it was a seaport, where citizens were transient and most came through for work and pleasure. Sexual sin spread in Corinth like chicken pox spreads in a kindergarten class! Immorality was contagious among the heathen and the Christians. It was so bad, that the term to Corinthianize was coined to mean “living a life of drunken debauchery and illicit sex, or to have relations with a prostitute.” The Corinthian Christians figured that since they were saved they could live a corrupt lifestyle without penalty.

Let’s ask ourselves: are we prostituting our temples to do unimaginable things and prostituting our spirits to fall for human wisdom? Are we forcing our bodies to divide ourselves from our brothers and sisters in Christ? Are we daily living in a state of drunken stupor that we can’t be distinguished from the world? Are we using our bodies to fulfill selfish needs? Are our spirits being pimped by pride, piousness, and pity?

Living wholly holy doesn’t make a habit of willfully ruining your body just to repent later.

Living wholly holy doesn’t speak ill against people in your spirit, because you feel God knows your heart.

Living wholly holy doesn’t act and speak a certain way in front of the church, and then seduces or sleeps with every man that smiles at her in the streets.

The unmarried woman that lives a wholly holy life pleases God by taking care of her temple, serving others, and soaking her spirit in study and application of God’s word. She isn’t perfect, but she strives to live excellently for the Master. She thinks on the true, honest, just, pure, lovely, things of God. She refrains from sexual immorality, from overburdening her body, from immodesty, and from overwhelming her spirit.

She lives wholly holy by surrendering to God completely…
with all that is within her; and all that is her.

Questions for Reflection:

1) How would you define wholly holy living as a single woman?

2) Is there something about the way you talk, walk, dress, eat or worship that doesn’t please the Lord?

3) How will you be holy in body this week? How will you be holy in spirit?

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