BCL Grow: True Love Waits — 1 Corinthians 7:2
1 Corinthians 7:2 (Sanctification)
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But because of the temptation to sexual immorality [porneías], each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. — 1 Corinthians 7:2
“The kind of love the lasts a lifetime is not only a matter of the emotions. It has to be a commitment strong enough to move us to glad, non-begrudging, sacrificial service of another person even during the inevitable seasons when the emotions are dry or cold.” — Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God, p. 244.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: Many Christian couples justify cohabitation with the rationalization that they are going to get married eventually. The demands of school, career, concerns regarding compatibility, and the desire to save enough money to buy a home (or even pay for a wedding!) are all reasons Christians give for delaying marriage and having sex in the meantime.
2. Know: Even though there certainly are compelling benefits for Christians to marry instead of cohabitate, the most compelling reason of all is obedience to God. If you believe Christ died on a cross for your sins and you are trusting in Christ alone for your salvation, Christ commands you to pick up your cross and follow him (Matt. 16:24). Sex outside of marriage is a sin, no matter how a person tries to interpret Scripture otherwise, and every Christian is called to obey God in this aspect of life.
3. Act: It’s never too late to start obeying your Savior and make good choices that honor God. Don’t believe the lie that if you have sinned in the area of sexual purity, you have already messed up and it’s too late. God gives us boundaries for a very good reason: it is through obeying his commands that we show love for our Lord, our neighbors, the person we are dating, and even ourselves. Ask God today for his forgiveness in any area you have sinned, turn away from activities that dishonor him, and commit to walking uprightly in the light of his love and mercy. If you love someone, sex can wait for marriage.
Please click on the following link for more on this topic: “Is Sex Before Marriage a Sin?”