Dating

Food for the Single Soul

While you are single, not in a relationship, not dating seriously, not married, you may be regarded as lonely and missing something, even the best out of life. However, despite your empty datebook, single relationship status, and subtle disdain by a society that views singleness as the plague, you are whole and not awaiting your better half, you are the better whole to your one day husband if God wills you to marry. Do not let society, age, or any other pressure rush you into marriage by encouraging you to write your own love story because that is an opportunity for the enemy to send you one of his children which would not be God’s best for you. During this upcoming holiday season, family, friends, people with good intentions, and others without good intentions will ask, “So, when are you getting married?”, and wait patiently for your hesitant answer. One of many appropriate and gracious ways to answer is by saying something to the tune of, “God has not sent my husband, but I trust God’s timing.” Understand that God will not withhold any good thing from you. He is a good God who knows how to give good gifts to His children, better than any earthly father ever could, that’s for sure. While He will not withhold any good thing from you, including the good thing that is a husband, that does not mean that He will not allow that thing you desire to be delayed, to await perhaps his or your necessary preparedness and the perfect timing for the presentation of your perfect for you gift, into your life. Though your meeting with your one day husband tarries, wait for him, because God will make your wait worth your while if you trust Him with all matters especially matters of your heart.  While desiring the temporary pleasure of life that a husband and family brings, desire more fully, and crave more earnestly what is eternal, the love relationship between you, your Maker and your Savior that will last forever. Today, I encourage you to spend your single days, your free, undivided time being devoted to God. What can you do for Jesus that would not be as feasible if your status were different?

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The Call to Purity

white-rose-478243_640The Call to Purity is not merely a call to maintaining our bodies until marriage or salvaging what remains of it if we have already given ourselves away to someone other than our future husband; the bigger, more resounding call to honor a loving, caring father that intends to protect our bodies and our hearts. See, the world uses protection to safeguard against pregnancy and diseases, but above that our loving, caring Father in heaven, protects our hearts, and there is no pill for that, no pill that can repair the damage done when you receive word from your doctor that you have a sexually transmitted disease (STD), no pill that can heal a broken heart after unfaithfulness, no pill that will cure any sense of regret for not saving yourself for your one day husband. God’s love, care and concern is not just for you, but also for your future mate; He tells us in Hebrews 13:4 to keep the marriage bed undefiled.

Purity is not something we arrive at naturally in part because of our own fleshly desires, lack of the fruit of of the Holy Spirit to exercise self-control, and also because of outside influences. Society does not consider waiting to be a normal practice or even an option. It may feel good now, but there are consequences for our decisions that we have to endure later. Just because we serve a forgiving God doesn’t mean we do not face the consequences of our actions and our reckless or risky behaviors. According to Oswald Chambers, purity is something far too deep for me to arrive at naturally. But when the Holy Spirit comes into me, He brings into the center of my personal life the very Spirit that was exhibited in the life of Jesus Christ, namely, the Holy Spirit, which is absolute unblemished purity. Therefore, we just need to admit that we cannot do it alone, we must rely on the Holy Spirit to enable and empower us. How will you answer the call to purity?

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