Much to my surprise today, I saw that the questionnaire was concerning our views on abstinence before marriage. In the world we live in today, I realize that I am one of very few who believes in waiting until marriage. Out of the few that believe in it, I was one of the even fewer who (by the grace of God), was able to wait.
It was such an enlightening experience to be able to explain on my questionnaire the benefits of waiting until being in a committed marriage relationship to explore those levels of intimacy. Working through her questionnaire, I really was able to see and explore some of the many benefits Matt and I have experienced due to waiting until marriage. Even today, almost six months later, I'm so thankful we made that decision...and I'm even more thankful for the accountability of a few friends who stuck with us through our dating and engagement seasons. Furthermore, I'm just thankful to God for giving us the grace and means (even if that meant living across continents) to live out what we believed was the right thing in our hearts.
I can't even begin to explain to people the firm foundation that abstinence prior to marriage sets for couples. Maybe this is something that people are familiar with, but for me, it didn't truly make sense until I was on the other side of the fence. I wish that I could have understood prior to marriage the positives...I'm sure I would have been even more careful in guarding my purity...but I must say, God's Word is spot on in why it begs for people not to engage in what it labels as sexual immorality. I can truly say with confidence that God wants this act to stay in marriage because it is such a blessing on us if we wait.
I have a hunch that my experience with abstinence and purity will be similar with other commands that God gives. They may not make so much sense now, but once I get to the other side of the fence, I will experience blessing beyond measure.
It's moments like these that define my paradigm and relationship with God. It makes sense that God credits our faith to us as righteousness...because, faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." If you love someone, you trust them, even when what they ask of you doesn't quite make sense. What better way to manifest our love towards someone than trusting them over all others?