September 4, 2015

An Unmarried Mess

1 Corinthians 10:1-13
The other day my daughter told me about an odd conversation a friend of hers had with her parents. This young lady was not raised in a Christian home but came to know the Lord as a teenager. She has been dating a Christian young man for several years now and both are attending the same college. One evening not too long ago, the girl’s parents suggested it might be a good idea for her to move in with her boyfriend. They said that this was what they did when they were her age. Stunned at the suggestion, she replied, “That isn’t something we can do. Because the Bible tells us it is not right for a man and a woman to have sex before marriage” (Hebrews 13:4, 1 Corinthians 6:18-20). After her response, all the girl’s parents could do was look at her like she was an alien.

Remaining sexually pure seems like an impossible task. When working with students and young adults, “How far is too far?” is always one of the first questions asked. And when the words of Jesus are spoken from Matthew 5:27-28: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart,” the room is filled with an awkward silence and a whisper of a guilt-ridden “Oh, yeah.”

Purity needs to be a priority. It requires prayer, an accountability network (same-sex Christian friend or parent), preplanning, and a like-minded partner. God keeps his promises. He will give you strength to guard your purity.