Put A Ring On It! (Guest Blogger – Minister Nia AKA MsProverbs31)

Reason #1 – God Tells Us Not to Have Sex Outside
 of Marriage.  In the seventh of God’s Ten 
Commandments, he instructs us not to have sex
  with anyone other than our spouse. It is clear that
 God forbids sex outside of marriage. When we
obey God, he is pleased. He honors our obedience by blessing us. 
Deuteronomy 28:1-3
  If you fully obey the LORD your God … [he] will 
set you high above all the nations on earth.  All
 these blessings will come upon you and accompany
 you if you obey the LORD your God … (NIV) God has a reason for giving us this command. First 
and foremost, he knows what’s best for us. By
 obeying him, we trust God to look out for our best 
interests.

Reason #2 – We Won’t Miss Out on the Blessing of
 the Wedding Night
.  There’s something very special about a couple’s 
first time. In this physical act, the two become one 
flesh. Yet it is more than just physical oneness — a 
spiritual union takes place. God planned for this exclusive experience of discovery and pleasure to
happen only within the intimacy of marriage. If we 
don’t wait, we miss out on a very special blessing 
from God. 
1 Corinthians 6:16 
Sex is as much a spiritual mystery as it is a physical fact.  As written in Scripture, “The two become one.” Since
 we want to become spiritually one with the
Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that
avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more 
lonely than ever.  That —kind of sex that can never
cause us to “become one.” (The Message)

Reason #3 – We Will Be Spiritually Healthier.  
If we live as carnal or fleshly Christians, we will
 seek to gratify the desires of the flesh and live 
only to please ourselves.  Living this way, the
 Bible says we cannot please God. We will be
 miserable under the weight of our sin. As we continue to feed our fleshly desires, our spirit will
 grow weaker and our relationship with God will be
 destroyed. Complacency with sin leads to worse 
sin, and eventually, spiritual death. 
Romans 8:8,13
 Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. For if you live according to the sinful nature,
you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death 
the misdeeds of the body, you will live … (NIV)

Reason #4 – We Will Be Physically Healthier.  
This one is a no-brainer. If we refrain from sex
 outside of marriage, we will be protected from the
 risk of catching sexually transmitted diseases. 
1 Corinthians 6:18
 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is
a sin against your own body. (NLT)

Reason #5 – We Will Be Emotionally Healthier.  
One reason God tells us to honor marriage and
keep the marriage bed pure has to do with
baggage. We carry baggage into our sexual
 relationships. Memories from the past, emotional
 scars and unwanted mental images can defile our thoughts and make the marriage bed less than
pure. Certainly God can forgive the past, but that
 doesn’t mean we’re free from the baggage that can 
linger in our minds. 
Hebrews 13:4 
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the
 adulterer and all the sexually immoral. (NIV)

Reason #6 – We Will Show Consideration for Our
 Partner’s Well-Being. 
 If we put our partner’s needs above our own and
 consider their spiritual well-being, we’ll be
 compelled to wait for sex. We, like God, will want 
what’s best for them. Ephesians 5:2 
Live a life filled with love, following the example
 of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a
sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. (NLT)
 Philippians 2:3
 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more
 important than yourselves; (NASB)

Reason #7 – Waiting is a Test of True Love. 
Love is patient. That’s about as simple as it gets. 
We can learn the sincerity of our partner’s love by 
their willingness, or lack thereof, to wait. 
1 Corinthians 13:4-5
 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is
 not self-seeking … (NIV)

Reason #8 – We Will Have No Negative
 Consequences to Deal With.  There are always consequences to sin. Some of 
those effects can be devastating. An unwanted 
pregnancy, a decision to have an abortion or place
 a child for adoption, broken relationships with family and friends — these are just a few of the
 possible outcomes we face when we choose to
 have sex outside of marriage. We should be sure to 
consider the snowball effect of sin. And what if
the relationship does not last? Hebrews 12:1 shows 
that sin hinders our lives and easily entangles us. We will be much better off if we avoid these
 negative consequences.

Reason #9 – We Will Keep Our Christian Testimony 
Intact.  
We don’t set a very good example of godly living 
when we disobey God. The Bible says in 1 Timothy
4:12 to “be an example to all believers in what you
 say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” (NIV)
In Matthew 5:13 Jesus compares his followers to
“salt” and “light” when we represent him in the
 world. When we no longer shine the light of
 Christ, when we lose our Christian testimony, we 
lose our “saltiness.” In other words, we become flavorless and bland. We lose our ability to attract
 the world to Christ. Luke 14:34-35 puts it strongly,
 saying that salt without saltiness is worthless, not 
even fit for the manure pile.

Reason #10 – We Won’t Settle For Less Than God’s 
Perfect Will. When we choose to have sex outside of marriage, 
we settle for less than God’s perfect will — for
ourselves and for our partner. And if we do this, 
we have no idea what we might end up with. Perhaps we’ll end up in a miserable marriage.

So, here’s some food for thought:  If your partner
 wants sex before marriage, consider this as a
 warning sign about their spiritual condition. If you 
are the one who wants sex before marriage, consider this as a warning sign of your own spiritual condition.

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