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Winning the Fondling Temptation

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In order to beat the temptation of fondling a person who is not yet your spouse, you need to follow a simple step: never get into a confined space alone with a person of the opposite sex not yet our spouse and lock yourself in. This simple practical step will save you from the temptation to have the kind of physical intimacy with that person and thereby displease the Lord.

Billy Graham writes in his book, Just As I Am, about how he refused to meet with Hillary Clinton in private but insisted that they sit in front of others in a restaurant and meet. Here are the exact words he used in reply to Hillary Clinton's request, "I would be delighted to. But I don't have private luncheons with beautiful ladies. We could sit in the middle of the dining room at the Capital Hotel where everybody would be able to see us, and still have a private conversation." He was in his seventies when this particular incident happened! Billy Graham certainly understood all what the scripture said about physical intimacy limits with a member of the opposite sex! Thank you for the example, Billy Graham!

After having read so far, you could say this: "I have already been intimate physically with a boy who is not a believer. What should I do now? If I break up with him at this point, he will never marry me!" You know what? That is your golden opportunity to just do that and break up with him.

By doing that, you will please the Lord whose Word clearly teaches that believers must marry those who are already believers (I Cor 7:36-39 and II Cor 6:14). Any boy (or girl) who keeps touching you the wrong way cannot be a true, practicing believer. By marrying the person who is constantly trying to be physically intimate with you before marriage, you will convert your single sin into double sin. So why do it? Quit that damaging relationship.

Come to Jesus. He died for you on the cross so that he can wash away your sin. He was beaten in His sinless body for the sins of your body – including the sin of allowing the opposite gender to fondle you, before marriage (I Pet 2:24). Though your sins are blood red, they will become white as snow when you ask Jesus to cleanse you (Isa 1:18). You will be pure in His eyes and that is what counts!

But if a man thinks that he’s treating his fiancée improperly and will inevitably give in to his passion, let him marry her as he wishes. It is not a sin. But if he has decided firmly not to marry and there is no urgency and he can control his passion, he does well not to marry. So the person who marries his fiancée does well, and the person who doesn’t marry does even better. A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. If her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but only if he loves the Lord. ~ 1 Corinthians 7:36-39

by: Duke Jeyaraj