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Singles Corner


Copyright 2016 Tebogo Maimane

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Foreword

1. Sufficient Grace

2. Singleness is not a Curse

3. Societal Pressure

4. Age Is Only a Number

5. Being Single Does Not Mean Loneliness

6. Healthy Self Esteem

7. Renounce Comparison

8. Waiting on God for a Spouse

9. Abstinence

10. Role of Single Person in the Church

11. Singleness and Leadership

References

About the author

Other books by the author

Connect with the author



Acknowledgements

I would like to give honor to God for the gift He has put in me, allowing me to be His instrument to bring encouragement to fellow believers so that we can run this race of faith with excellence as we pursue to reach the goal.


I would also like to thank my family for being my great support and giving me space to pursue my vision.


I would also like to appreciate my spiritual coach, an apostle of Jesus Christ, that God has placed in my life, and all the fivefold ministers globally that have contributed towards my spiritual growth.

Foreword


As I write this book I am at a stage where I am approaching my fortieth birthday and have never been married. I write from a point of view of what I have experienced in my walk of faith, as well as my observation and conversations with other single people. Some are single by choice whereas some are single due to circumstances. As such my classification of a single person is any person who has never been married, or a divorced person, or a person who has lost a spouse and never remarried. I acknowledge that even this category is diverse, for example some have never been married but have children whereas some don’t have children, the same with divorcees and the widowed. I therefore sincerely implore that the content be read with this understanding.


I am of the opinion that one of the things that makes being single a challenge is lack of closure. For instance if you grew up without a father being present in your life you are able to get to a point of closure because you come to the realization that you can’t undo the past or turn the clock backwards. Or in cases where you have lost a loved one you are able to heal and have a sense of closure. Whereas with being single (for those who desire to get married) the best you can do is hope and believe that God will grant you the desire of your heart, it is a continuous journey.

Chapter 1: Sufficient Grace


In this journey of exploring life as a single person, let us do so by firstly broaching the subject of grace. It is of importance to take cognizance that as believers we live every aspect of our lives through the grace of God, as it is written in Acts 17:28

For in Him we live and move and have our being”.

Jesus Christ also emphasized this principle in John 15:5 when He said

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing”.

There is a special grace that indwells every believer because God has designed it to be like that. John 1:16 says

And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace”

And this grace that God gives to us is not ‘some grace’ but ‘all grace’. 2 Corinthians 9:8 says

God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work”



What is God’s grace?

  • Unmerited favor, divine favor bestowed on undeserving people

  • Divine power to help us

  • God’s love in action towards people


Benefits of grace

• It upholds our salvation

• Gives us victory in temptation

• Helps us endure pain and suffering

• Enables us to serve the Lord efficiently

• Helps us to understand and apply the Word

• It makes us to be partakers in all the treasures of God’s kingdom

• It makes us co-heirs with Jesus Christ


There are various types of grace

Common grace – this is available to everyone, believers and non believers. Matthew 5:45 says

He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good”.

Saving grace – when we get born again it is purely by grace, and not of anything we have done or not done. Ephesians 2:8-9 says

For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast”.


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