When we read the common thread of Scripture, from Genesis to Jesus to Paul, we read that, “a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh… The one flesh union is not less than sex, but it is certainly more.Not to be nitpicky, but when a dating couple functions as a package deal—when they give joint presents at parties, post the equivalent of engagement pictures on social media, and declare anniversaries of their “define the relationship” conversation—I think that mirrors the world’s idea of relationships, declaring a faux commitment that God does not recognize. This may even happen several times throughout one’s life with different people.Tweet This Many of our spiritual battles are represented by the clash of truth and lies.Satan was called "the father of lies." Jesus said of Satan that he has never spoken the truth because lying is his native language.If there is an area of weakness that is compromising your purity, be honest with yourself and set up safeguards to protect your relationship. Good relationships are built on constant positive communication.
We need to address the whole spectrum ("just kissing" included). First, the fact that "romantically oriented" is in italics above is important.As ridiculous as it sounds, many Christians grow up thinking that they will magically become sexual when they get married.Before marriage, their sexuality should lie dormant.If you've fought the battle of sexual purity for any length of time, you know that it is far more complex than simply abstaining from having sex.Sexual purity may be expressed by what you do with your body, but it is ultimately rooted in your mind, your heart and your soul.