1 Corinthians 7:39,40

In summary, the law binds two people together ’til death do them part.  There are official times when the marriage is dissolved.  When one person dies, their partner is free to marry again.  However, Paul says that in circumstances like that, it is best to stay single and focus on good works.  So, my mother, for example can focus on giving people lifts to church, studying at her church’s Bible College, baking for bake sales, helping with Mothers-and-Toddlers, and attending church.  Being a widow does not mean that life is over.  A relationship should not define us except our relationship with God. 

Just as a note:  If you are married and you do not depend on your spouse or a human  relationship to be your primary support, it is easier to stay married.

1 Corinthians 7: 39,40

39A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord. 40In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is—and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.


  1. How long is the husband bound to the  wife in a marriage?
  2. What kind of person must a widow marry?
  3. What gives Paul the authority of a sound opinion?
  4. What would you say to people dating non-Christians?
  5. How do you view the possibility of your spouse remarrying after you are dead?  What does that reveal about you?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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