One of the main reasons given for Christian marriage is sanctification. There’s no denying that living with and loving another human being shows you all the icky stuff about yourself and tests your ability to show grace and mercy to others. It also makes sense that secret sin is a lot less likely to be secret if you are in a marriage relationship. It’s hard to hide your faults from someone you spend every day of your life with. But we know that God desires for all of us to be sanctified even those of us who are not-yet-married. So are we forever destined to be immature, unholy Christians?
”Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.” -Hosea 10:12
Notice that the time to seek the LORD and sow righteousness is NOW. Not when your circumstances or more given to producing righteousness in you according to human wisdom. Then how does a single Christian actively pursue sanctification?
In summary, sanctification during singleness is not only possible; it’s God’s will for us! Trust that he will always give you the tools necessary to live out his will. Cultivating an attitude of humility, learning to build community, and obediently trusting in God’s plan for your life will serve you and those around you not only now but wherever (and with whomever) God may lead you in the future.
For this is the will of God, your sanctification.
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