I know you must be asking yourself, “What’s the big deal? If two people love each other, shouldn’t they show it?” I understand why most people feel this way, but is it the right way?
George and Elizabeth were “good kids.” They were honors students, into every club imaginable at school, “good Christians,” and both had great personalities. One day, George asked Elizabeth to go out to eat with his family after church the next Sunday. Innocent enough, right? After all, they had grown up together. Well, eventually, the two became inseparable. But, at the same time, they started pushing others away. Soon, all they really had was each other. But, they were too blissfully lost in the romance to notice, much less to care. Their grades slacked as did their walks with God. Soon, they were kissing and every thing else that goes along with having a steady boyfriend. They even decided they were going to marry as soon as they graduated. Sadly, it didn’t last. After a mere three months of never leaving the other’s side, they got tired of each other. They decided it would be best if they didn’t see each other anymore. Both left that particular date with broken hearts. Both people had given their whole hearts to the other. Was there anything left for a spouse? Well, as soon as they got back into the real world, they both got a big shock. None of their friends were as friendly as they had been. George and Elizabeth finally figured out that their friends had moved on.
I hate to say it, but this stuff happens. It isn’t a fairy tale. Real girls (and guys, too) with real futures blow it every day because they “love” a guy they could never be committed to. Stuff a lot worse than what went on with George and Elizabeth have happened.
That isn’t the only reason it’s important. Another is because God wants us to be pure. In his second letter to his young friend, Timothy, Paul says, “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22 ESV)
So Paul is saying that we have to run away from the passions of our youth. Paul isn’t talking about passions as in, what you’re very interested in. He is saying that we have to flee passions as in sinful passions and desires (sex before marriage, ect.). He is warning Timothy about falling into these temptations.
There IS a positive side to this command. While we are fleeing our passions or lusts (NKJV), we are to, “pursue righteousness, faith love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord with a pure heart.” In other words, we are to grow closer to God and to fellow true believers in our single (unmarried) years.
I use the word “true” because so many of the proffessing Christians don’t act like they really believe. A lot of Christians (myself included in some areas) have fallen into the world’s trap and have become like the world. I know this is off subject (to a point), but i is very important.
First John 2:4 says, “whoever says, ‘I know Him,’ but does not keep His commands is a liar and the truth is not in him.”
First John 2:15-17 talks about loving the world and how dangerous that it is. It says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eye and pride in possessions-is no from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passion away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
Pretty blunt, huh?Have you ever heard of the prince of the WORLD?That is talking aobut the devil. According to John (with the Holy Spirit telling him what to write), the prince of the world (the devil)and his kingdom (the world and people of the world) will pass away.
So, what’s the big deal? First of all, God wants us to be pure. Free of sinful passions and lusts of youth. Second, we could get seriously hurt, both physically and emotionally. God certainly doesn’t want that!
While we are fleeing sinful passions, we should grow closer to God and to true believers. We should try to become more like Christ in our single years. Take advantage of the time God has given us to grow as much as possible.
Love in Christ,
Kristin S. and Kelsea M.