Good afternoon from snowy Arkansas! 🙂
In my last post, I said that my next post would be about standards. God actually sets standards for us in relationships, and if you want to experience the most amazing, pure, Christ-centered relationship, then you should follow God’s standards. I’m going to try to make this short and sweet, and hopefully, you can dig into these scriptures and apply them to your life daily.
Physical Purity Standards:
- 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 says, “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God.”
- Ephesians 5:3 says, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.”
- Hebrews 13:4 says, “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”
I believe that God makes it very clear what His standard for us is. God demands us to be pure because He has made us in His image (Genesis 1:27). He is such an honorable God and your standard is to live just like him. You may wonder why God sets such high standards for us, but it is to protect us. Immorality of any kind distances you from God, and in the end, it will hurt you too. God knows that committing these sins will ultimately leave your heart aching, and He knows that you will not receive any fulfillment in such things unless you do them according to His will. The common misconception that many people have is that once you have committed these sins and ask for forgiveness, then it doesn’t matter if you keep doing them. No. No. No. NO. If you are going to ask for forgiveness, (for anything) then you are expected to not repeat the same sin over and over again. Ask for forgiveness, ask God to change your heart, and create a clean slate. Start over. It is possible to become pure again.
I could post hundreds of verses that reiterate why God has such high standards for us. He wants us to be Christlike. In doing so, you will find REAL fulfillment, contentment, and peace.
John 2:6: Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
Corinthians 11:1: Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
Peter 2:21: For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
I only got through one standard that Christ sets for us (physical standards) because I do not want to make this post unbearably long. I encourage you to dig into the scripture and find out more standards that you should set for yourself and for a partner. Following these standards and looking for these things in a partner will bring much satisfaction into your life.