Two and a half years later, my life has changed: In the course of nine months, I began dating, became engaged to and married the man I believe God chose for me.In light of what has happened since I wrote these posts, I believe even more resolutely that God orders our steps in the journey toward marriage. 22, 2007 I've recently been thinking a lot about God's participation in my love life.Mostly, I've been wondering to what extent He cares about it. Is my waiting period part of His plan or just a side-effect of a culture confused about marriage?There was a time when I believed that the Lord was carefully preparing and refining my future spouse and orchestrating the exact events that would bring us together. Is marriage a standard-issue arrangement ordained by God or is He interested in my specific choice? As I considered my current state of disillusionment with my former view, I thought it would be helpful to consider again some of the basic truths about God's purpose for and involvement in human relationships.
And if He had compassion toward Adam's loneliness, I can trust that He sees and understands mine.
At the time, I was single and well on my way to my 30th birthday.
The series generated hundreds of comments from readers who found themselves in a similar place.
Don't spend your time in wild parties and getting drunk or in adultery and lust, or fighting, or jealousy." Dating should not include a sexual relationship. "But sexual sin is never right: our bodies were not made for that, but for the Lord…That is why I say to run from sex sin. When you sin this sin it is against your own body." Keep yourself pure. "And everyone who really believes this will try to stay pure because Christ is pure." To keep from hurting ourselves, sexual desires and activities must be placed under Christ's control. "For God wants you to be holy and pure and to keep clear of all sexual sin so that each of you will marry in holiness and honor—not in lustful passion as the heathen do, in their ignorance of God and his ways." If you have already gone too far physically, what should you do? Don't toss me aside, banished forever from Your presence. Restore to me again the joy of Your salvation, and make me willing to obey You." Third, Believe that God has indeed forgiven you and quit feeling guilty. "What happiness for those whose guilt has been forgiven! What relief for those who have confessed their sins and God has cleared their record.
There was a time when I wouldn't admit what a sinner I was.
You surround me with songs of victory." God has a mate for you.