Purity in dating book

And because I endlessly quoted her I suggested that I “just forget my book and work at selling yours.” I was discouraged about my book and almost ready to give up on it.

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My mother had given me a copy of “Passion & Purity” and asked me to read it. The second reason I was distrustful was the subtitle: “Learning to bring your love life under Christ’s control.” I didn’t want my love life under control. Jesus is Lord so go tell the Aucas in Ecuador about him.

And I certainly didn’t want Christ controlling it because I knew that would make it boring. Elliot had this unsentimental, no-nonsense approach to living the Christian life that was refreshing and jarring in an “Ice-Bucket Challenge” sort of way. Jesus is Lord so let him define how you view your gender and sexuality.” I guess a lot of people who read her writing would consider it all very backward and old-fashioned, but when I read it I can’t shake the sense that this woman had a real relationship with a glorious God. I think our whole generation of evangelicals needs her directness.

It means dating someone who meets the values and goals you have for a future spouse (more on that later).

Casual or purposeless dating has no benefit for Christians. We are designed to know why we do stuff and where we are going. Now, please, please, please don’t be a freakish weirdo. It involves sharing personal struggles and vulnerability. If you believe God is preparing you for foreign missions, is it important the person you marry shares this passion? If you love the Cowboys and your future spouse loves the Packers, is it important to work through this before marriage?

This issue shapes our young people, friends, and family more than we could ever imagine. “Let’s just sit back and see what happens” might work in certain scenarios, but Christian dating isn’t one of them. I hope and pray these words spark conversations in your ministries, relationships, and homes. If you need to take a minute to let that sink in, I will be here when you get back… Here’s the deal: marriage isn’t a divine lottery where every person has one winning ticket. Hopefully one will end up as my spouse.” Not a good idea. So, the default for years is to leave as soon as a flaw arises. This requires discipline, restraint, and abstinence from activities that don’t promote holiness. A pure mind might be the greatest gift you can give your future spouse. ____________________ I hope this discussion continues. I pray parents, church leaders, friends, and family begin to spark conversations about God’s design for dating.

Most importantly, guidelines and principles for dating will transform lives and shape eternities. The brokenness you see in yourself and the brokenness you experience from your spouse point both of you to the only perfect one, God. When you pull the trigger, these balls spread over a large range, increasing the chance you hit the target.

In my mind she stood in the way of me being with my girlfriend — or, more specifically, me making out with my girlfriend — and I would not abide by this meddling.

Of course, Elliot knew nothing of me or my girlfriend, but she had written a book on the topic of relationships called “Passion & Purity” that threatened to disrupt my happy love life. Giving me a book was mom’s not-so-subtle way of telling me I had a problem. Jesus is Lord so let him be Lord of your love life.

In our sex-saturated culture, how do you live a life of purity? The clothes you wear send a message to the people around you.

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