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Premarital Sex and the Bible

Where in the Bible does it talk about premarital sex and lust? I am struggling.

Before we mention exact verses, I want to say that life is not easy, especially for teenagers and young adults. Living a holy life, especially when it comes to sexuality, can be challenging and even seem impossible at times. Nothing is impossible with God however (Luke 1:37), and He promises us that if we have the courage to call on Him, that there’s no situation too tempting or too difficult (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Scripture is clear about the role of morality, sexuality and the call to holiness in our lives.

It’s never going to be easy (nothing worth having is), but answering the God’s call to holiness, and surrendering our sexuality to Him is the one and only way to true, uncompromising, unselfish love through sexual expression.

You’re not alone in your struggles…be God’s child in all that you say and all that you do.

The Bible reminds us that:

Our bodies were created for a purpose…

“The body, however, is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body; God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take Christ's members and make them the members of a prostitute? Of course not!” - 1 Corinthians 6:13-15

We should never make it more difficult on ourselves…

“Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you, as is fitting among holy ones, no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place...” - Ephesians 5:3-4

God expects more out of us than we usually expect out of ourselves...

“This is the will of God, your holiness: that you refrain from immorality, that each of you know how to acquire a wife for himself in holiness and honor, not in lustful passion as do those who do not know God. For God did not call us to impurity but to holiness. Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not a human being but God...” – 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8

Your body is a gift, that doesn’t belong just to you…

“But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Avoid immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the immoral person sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” - 1 Corinthians 6:16-19

It’s not easy, especially when we’re young…

“So turn from youthful desires and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord with purity of heart.” - 2 Timothy 2:22

Other people can drag us down, if we’re not careful…

“Do not share in another's sins. Keep yourself pure.” - 1 Timothy 5:22

Temptations do NOT come from God…

“No one experiencing temptation should say, "I am being tempted by God"; for God is not subject to temptation to evil, and he himself tempts no one. Rather, each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire conceives and brings forth sin, and when sin reaches maturity it gives birth to death.” - James 1:13-15

Living in Christ, means walking the straight path, regardless of the world…

“Let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and licentiousness, not in rivalry and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.” - Rom 13:14

Jesus is very clear about the dangers of lust…

“But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” - Matthew 5:28


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