Nancy suggested that we say the Lord’s Prayer together.
I had forgotten about that one, but I did know it and was totally on board. We held hands, bowed our heads, closed our eyes, and said the Lord’s Prayer. Each of us would share things we wanted to pray for and about, and then both of us would pray silently. Some of you may have been praying together already, but if you are new at this, let me give you some ideas.
Adultery is a married person having sex they are not married to. Yes, as Christians we maintain that sex is only for marraige. It needs to work its way into how we make our decisions whether we feel worshipful or not. I know of Christian couples who - when visiting each other - have slept in the same room (separate beds) and have not been sexually active – a task many of us would find challenging.
There's nothing sinful in itself of a getaway together. You are probaly asking me about that little talked about F-word: fornication.It took the death of the Eternal Son of God to provide a medicine strong enough to overcome its effects. “Hitting the wall” is a phenomenon that happens to marathon runners somewhere around mile 20. A similar phenomenon can occur for young couples on the cusp of marriage. ) of dating, engagement presents couples a new set of challenges.As Christians, our greatest goal is to please God and our greatest fear is to offend him. We fight a popular lie in today’s culture that says 'fornication is fun, not fatal! He is in his mid-twenties, he makes good money at his job, he doesn’t live with his parents and he is above average handsome – or so I’ve heard it said by some of the ladies. He has a girlfriend – and has had other girlfriends before this one. Its not a dumb law that condemns him or that he judges others with - he simply finds it a useful way to avoid sexual sin.' What's sad, is that so many of us flirt with this lie. Now, if you have fornicated - Jesus can and will forgive you. He also calls us in doing so not to be hypocrites but to be sincere in our repentance.Perhaps the most common goes something like this: “Well, we’re going to be married in a few months anyway, so what does it matter if we go ahead and start having sex now?” Of course, that same logic works in reverse: “well, you’re going to be married for the rest of your lives, so what does it matter if you start having sex now or in a few months? Simply stated, sexual purity is a matter of spiritual leadership. We began their premarital counseling a couple of months before the wedding.I told them that if we did not get everything covered before their wedding day, we would pick back up when they returned from their honeymoon. They were an amazing couple, and I looked forward to spending time with them.We knew that if something happened or changed in any one of the three things that it would totally be a God deal. We were faithful with this and hardly missed a day. By August of that year, every one of these three prayers was completely answered. I want to respond to you about holidays and vacations specifically, but I also want to write to you about the bigger question of dating in a way that pleases God. But our answer here is nuanced, as the Christian understanding of sex and romance is different from that of popular culture.