Gross, yuck, disgusting, nasty! What do these words describe? GERMS…tiny little organisms that can make us sick. When we think about it, germs are everywhere and are on everything, including YOU! How do we escape? The answer is simpler then what you may think; the best way to rid yourself of germs is with a good old fashion scrub with soap and water. But wait! In today’s time, we have access to an easy method. Let’s just look in our bag and pull out our handy bottle of hand sanitizer, and use it. It claims to kill 99.9% of the germs. That’s good enough, isn’t it? I mean it should kill most of the germs. Wait, most of them?
It is incredibly important that in our relationships we allow the Lord to reign over them by taking every possible precaution to remain pure. We all know that sexual relations between unmarried parties is wrong, but what about doing everything else but the actual act of sexual intercourse? When we use hand sanitizer, we are definitely killing most of the germs, but as we know, there are still some left on our hands. If we only protect ourselves from sexual temptations 99.9% of time but cross lines the other .1% of the time are we still pure?
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people” (Ephesians 5:3). The Bible tells us that there must not be a hint. What a powerful yet challenging verse. Like germs, sexual temptation is everywhere. How do we stay away? It starts by making our own dating relationships pure. As women, it is also our responsible to make it a safe haven for our partners. Here are some examples of someone reaching for their hand sanitizer rather than the soap and water:
“When we are alone, my boyfriend and I love to make out. We wouldn’t ever let it go too far…”
“It seems that every time we are alone, we go farther and farther, but we always stop it before it goes too far.”
“We seem to always cross boundaries I said I never would do, but at least we aren’t having sex.”
These people are not properly using soap and water or they would have not put themselves in such dangerous situations. Remember, even these types of behaviors are not pleasing to God. We must not at any time put ourselves in a position that can question our purity. Our purity is priceless and must not be exchanged for a moment of pleasure. Let us set true and definite boundaries with our partner. If we find it hard to stay in a pure mindset when we are alone with our partner, then never be alone. If we find it hard to resist our partner because they are continually pressuring us, then we need to get out of the relationship. If we continually are crossing boundaries that we have set for ourselves, then we need to make stricter boundaries so we can stay as far away from the line as possible. Ladies, there is absolutely NOTHING in this entire world that is worth giving up our relationship with God. Sin destroys and shows no partiality to who it destroys. “Then ufeffufeffwhen lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when ufeffufeffsin ufeffufeffis accomplished, it brings forth death” (James 1:15).
Sexual sins include so much more than the actual act of having sex. Let us remember that these sins can have damaging effects that can ruin character, ruin the future, and ultimately ruin a holy relationship with our Almighty God and Father.
Have there been times in your life when you have reached for your hand sanitizer for the quick fix rather than washed with pure soap and water? The fact of the matter is that we as Christians will mess up, and at times cross boundary lines. Is there hope for us? YES! I encourage you to start fresh today!
“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19).
As Christians we are given the amazing gift of starting over when we repent of our sins. To God be thanks! If you have made mistakes within your relationships in the past, start over today by washing with the pure soap and water, and leave that sanitizer at home. Let’s get scrubbing.