1 Corinthians 7:32-34a
“I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs-how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world-how he can please his wife-and his interests are divided. 
Paul is dealing in this passage with the urgent danger of the time in which he wrote this letter.  But the lesson he gives here, applies to all seasons and times. God knows that marriage takes work–He created it that way!  It would be un-biblical to interact with ministry with the same level of focus and intensity as an unmarried man, for a man who is married. It is honoring to God, for a husband to exert time and effort in pursuing a healthy marriage-even when that means that boundaries on ministry are required. 
God wants me to take my marriage seriously. God created the family, and he has put the responsibility in my hands of exerting my time and attention to strengthen my marriage. Not merely to “provide for” my wife, but also to “please” my wife. Within the bounds of scripture, my efforts to please my wife…also please God. 
God, thank you for my wife! Thank you for the blessing and support that she is to me. Help me to always be faithful to the responsibility of taking care of her and being a blessing to her, and not settle for merely bringing home a paycheck. 

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