Before You Say “I Do”
4 – Purity Protects
- I commit to pursue God as my one while preparing for my two.
- I commit to always pursue my two.
- I commit that my future marriage will be about we and not about me.
It is incredibly difficult to build a marriage of righteousness on a foundation of sin.
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.” (Genesis 2:24-25)
“Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.” (Genesis 3:7)
Secrecy is the enemy of intimacy.
4. I commit to confide in you and not hide from you.
“For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8)
“…walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:8-10)
“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11)
Shame grows in the dark. Healing happens in the light.
“But among you there must not even be a hint of sexual immorality or any kind of impurity.” (Ephesians 5:3)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you anyone who looks lustfully at a woman has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
“If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.” (Matthew 5:27-30)
“Keep your way far from her [the adulterous woman], and do not go near the door of her house.” (Proverbs 5:8)
“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? It’s by living according to your word.” (Psalm 119:9)
“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)