Wednesday, June 10, 2015
An Ounce of Prevention: (VIDEO LINK) Virgins Speak on 'Why I'm Saving Sex Until Marriage'
The thing that's worth especially noting is in I Corinthians 7, the distinction was "virgin" or "wife". There was no "in between". It's a reminder that *all of us were supposed to be virgins when we got married*. Here's just one example of this very fact:
"There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world—how she may please her husband."---I Corinthians 7:34(NKJV)
For those of you that are still "sticking to the original plan", Mazel Tov!, which means "good destiny" in Hebrew. God is going to richly bless you, even if you are currently feeling as if you are "suffering for righteousness' sake" (I Peter 3:14).
To further encourage the point...
I wanted to share a Huffington Post Live feature that aired last summer featuring three virgins who waited until marriage. And no, they're not 18 (LOL). I believe all of them are in their 30s (or over). Hopefully, it will provide some of you some additional encouragement---as you wait...for God's best...by doing his will.
Before getting into that, I also wanted to share an excerpt from an article that one of the women wrote "Virginity Is Not the Point". It's a couple of years old (you'll peep that from the subtitle) yet when she said in the interview "Biblical behavior is really only most beneficial to us when it comes out of an attitude of being grateful for what God has done for us. So you can be a virgin and it's still not entirely honoring the Lord if you're just 'being a virgin to be a virgin', to earn that 'gold star' that people tend to place on you. But if [it] comes out of a spirit of gratitude for God's love for you then it really is a great thing, something that is wonderful to practice."
She also brings up a point that I oftentimes speak on in her article. Virginity is only true virginity when it's coming from a place of purity. Sexually and more importantly, spiritually. The same applies to abstinence:
Are you an unmarried virgin? Practice purity. Are you an unmarried non-virgin? Practice purity. Are you married? Practice purity—which will now take the form of fidelity. If we’ve made too much of “virginity” in its technical definition, it’s time now to return to the heart of the matter, the very “why” behind virginity in the first place. Choose purity with gratitude, knowing that neither your label nor your obedience earns you more or less standing with God. That work has already been accomplished, by the only One pure enough to do it.
Anyway, I tried to put the video directly into the post but something is up with the coding. So, you can go here to watch it.
If you're a virgin, you're not alone, be encouraged.
If you're not and you're not currently abstinent, please consider it. Restoration is possible.
And if you know a virgin, share this with them. There's strength in numbers. That's for sure. ;-)