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1 Corinthians 7:28b
But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you.
In this, his first letter to the Church at Corinth, Paul the Apostle set out the guidelines for marriage. Trying to dissuade single people away from marriage, he warned them that if they married they would face MANY troubles in life. He wanted to spare these young people from the trouble.
Sparing your children from the trouble you had growing up sometimes feels like a parent’s mission. Remember though, the problems you had helped form you into the person you are today. You figured a way through the trouble and to the other side of victory. Paul’s efforts, trying to love and help young adults by leading them away from getting married, proved futile. Many speculate that Paul had been married and it hadn’t gone well. He knew a lot about marriage, but we never hear who his wife is. Perhaps for St. Paul it was easier to teach marriage than it was to live out a happy marriage. Marriage is God’s plan and God’s directive; but it’s important to keep in mind that marriage definitely has an upside. At the same time, if you are married you know that you’re, “Married And In Trouble.”
I’m happy that you brought a wonderful wife into my life as a young man. Yes, there has been much trouble, but the trouble helped make us victorious. You always know what’s best. Amen