1 Corinthians 7:32-40
But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried cares for the things that belong to the Lord…
I. WHY SHOULD WE BE "FREE FROM CARES"? —
1. The approach of the end.
(1) "The time is shortened," between now and the Lord's coming; or —
(2) Between now and our last hour.
2. The transiency of all earthly things. "The fashion of this world passeth away." Do not many of the circumstances of past life, that were then subjects of absorbing anxiety, look now like so many shifting scenes of a stage play?
II. HOW SHOULD WE BE "FREE FROM CARES"?
1. By contentment with our present lot. This is the lesson of vers. 10, 11, 27, 18, 21, &c. "Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called" (ver. 20).
2. By using all temporal relations without worldly absorption in them.
(1) All relative duties — husband and-wife an example.
(2) All sorrowful and joyous events.
(3) All acquisitions.
3. By using all temporal relations with a view of pleasing God (vers. 32, 34, 35).
Parallel VersesKJV: But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: