When our young friends Susan and Mark were dating, they read a book together. It suggested that couples not discuss marriage for six months.
“Nor should one say, ‘I love you’ for six months. In fact, you should not say, ‘I love you’ until you can say, ‘Will you marry me?’ in the next breath.”
Six months after their first date Mark asked Susan’s father for her hand in marriage, before he had proposed to Susan.
Shortly after their engagement Susan mentioned that she and Mark could no longer kiss.
“But why? You’re getting married.”
“We can’t handle it! So from now until the wedding, it’ll just be a peck on the cheek and a hug.”
How rare is this! Yet I know four young couples who so desired to maintain a God-honoring courtship, that they refused any sexual contact until after marriage. Moreover, all four couples reserved their first kiss for their wedding day.
Today it is not unusual for some couples to engage in sexual activity on the first date! Yet I also know there are many young people choosing to obey God and do the right thing. Is it easy? Not at all!
God blesses us when we obey Him. After all, if we really love God, we will obey Him.
- Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2
- If you love me, keep my commands. John 14:15
- I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you. Jeremiah 7:23
- SONG: SEVEN TIMES A DAY – By Kathleen and Ps. 119 & 2 Thess 3:6
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[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity