Dear Single Girl,
I know you associate singleness with punishment, but nothing could be further from the truth. How can I be so confident? Because God’s Word is crystal clear on the matter.
1. Someone else was punished for your sin.
You have a substitute. Jesus Christ willingly stepped into your place and took the full brunt of the Father’s wrath and punishment for your wickedness. If you have put your full trust in Christ, it is done. You are cleansed. Forgiven. Loved. Free.
“Every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
“And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us . . . ‘I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.’ Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin” (Heb. 10:11–18).
You can know that God the Father accepted Christ’s substitution for your sin because He not only raised Jesus from the dead, Jesus returned to heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. Intimacy was restored. The deed was done.
It would be unjust of God to punish His Son for your sin and then turn around and punish you as well. And God is anything but unjust.
You will never know God’s punishment—only His favor through Christ—if you trust in Jesus alone as your Savior.
2. Jesus was single, and it was not because He had sinned.
Hebrews 4:15 says, ” For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (emphasis added). Singleness is not the result of sin, because Jesus never, ever sinned.
Not only is singleness not punishment, but
3. God’s Word speaks highly of the gift of singleness.
In 1 Corinthians 7:7–8, Paul writes:
“I wish that all were as I myself am [single]. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another. To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am” (emphasis added).
Paul goes on to explain why singleness is a gift; because:
- “those who marry will have worldly troubles,”
- he wants you “to be free from anxieties,” and
- the married woman’s interests are “divided” trying to please both God and her husband (vv. 28–34). Paul summarizes all this in verse 35:
“I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.”
Sweet girl, singleness isn’t punishment for your sin. Don’t waste the gift this season of singleness can be. Instead, repent of your misplaced hopes and pursue ultimate satisfaction in God. Only then will singleness or marriage be able to received—not as punishment—but as the gift they both are.
Is Singleness Punishment for My Sin? was originally posted on LiesYoungWomenBelieve.com.