For various reasons, celibacy was regarded highly and pursued fervently by the Corinthian Christians. As a result of the glorification of celibacy, some women left marriage and engaged couples hesitated to proceed to marriage, thinking marriage was wrong way to live as Christians.
Paul was writing this letter to this church. To the people who glorified celibacy excessively, because their view on celibacy and marriage was built upon the incomplete understanding of the God’s kingdom. To the brothers and sisters in Christ who had the incomplete understanding of the God’s kingdom and, as a result, were over zealous about celibacy for wrong reasons.
With the particular context in mind, how does this passage sound to you? What’s Paul saying here?