I never really gave the thought of withholding kissing ‘til my wedding day until I began to read and hear numbers of testimonies of couples who’ve done just that. For some, kissing is a physical and intimate act that leads minds to wander to places they shouldn’t as a single. For others, kissing leads to more physical expressions of intimacy, which again is not appropriate in a Christian courting context. So, are you willing to cut off kissing ‘til marriage if it causes you to sin while you’re single or dating?
It sounds very extreme to cut off something like kissing, but Jesus says something a bit radical as well in Matthew 18:7-9 (NIV): “If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.”
It’s radical because the concept of cutting off your limbs because they help you sin is kinda gruesome and perhaps hard to follow through. The Lord was not saying this to be mean or extreme, He was saying that your life is more valuable than to just get caught up in the ways of this world and lose it forever. It’s worth the sacrifice of things that bring you temporal pleasure now, for a lasting and more satisfying reward in the future. Let’s think of this advice from Jesus in a figurative concept, since there are many things that we touch, entertain, and put our eyes on that can very well be cut off without physically maiming us.
In dating for instance, every individual going into their dating season shouldn’t do so unprepared and unaware of self. The reason is because the enemy wants to do everything possible to get you off focus and walk right into sin. Some examples of temptation triggers could be whatever pleases your senses: nice voice, physical features that are pleasing to the eye, personal and physical touch (shoulder rubs, leg touching), seductive fragrances, and considerably many more.
Now don’t get me wrong, attraction is important in a relationship, but it’s not supposed to be the driving factor. If you want to date or court someone who you believe is your future spouse, there are going to have to be some special precautions made to protect the sanctity of that. Imagine if all of your dating history has not been all that successful. You may have some resentment or even regrets about being intimate too soon, giving into temptation to treat that person like a spouse without the real commitment of marriage.
Now you desire a new outcome in your dating cycle—marriage, for real this time, and you’ve told God that you want to be ready for marriage. Well, He’s just as excited as you are and in this process you will be tested. God sees our hearts, minds, spirits and intentions when we ask Him for life-changing blessings like marriage. He may see your desire to get married, but maybe if He sent you that future spouse now, you’d compromise your standards because the triggers were not identified and cut off.
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