Perhaps one of them would be 1 Cor 7:7 which seems to suggest that singleness is a gift. My own perception of Christian talk on this is that many talk and act as if singleness is a curse. I appreciate that many people struggle massively with the pain of loneliness, unrealised hopes, social pressure, the prospect of never having their own family; and I know that I personally know next to nothing about those feelings as a husband and father. But it seems to me that in Christian world married people are seen as blessed, while singles are seen as being in the blessing waiting room.
Our culture has such an obsession with finding identity through sex and relationships that it’s not a surprise that many Christians buy into it. Perhaps revealing is something I’ve come across a couple of times – a godly single person wondering why God isn’t blessing them, since they are seeking to honour God in their singleness. All of this betrays the basic feeling that singleness is a curse. We must keep taking truth to our hearts and remind ourselves that, contrary to the gospel of the culture, a spouse is not a Saviour. For Paul, a spouse comes with one kind of blessing (and trouble), and singleness with another kind of blessing (and trouble), but ultimately one is no more blessed by God than the other.
Of course I know that many people will nod heartily and affirm they believe this – until it’s them, or their child, or the next peer gets engaged, and then the internal whirring reveals our deepest beliefs on the subject again.
What verses/topics would you include in such a series?