True Love Waits...

Kevin Ibanez

"God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor, not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways."  I Thessalonians 4:3-5 (NLT)

This past Sunday, our Sunrise Church youth ministry capped off a 3-week series on personal Purity, with a “True Love Waits,” ceremony held in Room 219. This is the first time that I lead a youth ministry in this type of ceremony and I believe that it was a great success, glory to God. We had 45 students make this commitment before God, their family and church family. It was so awesome to see how many students want to walk against the tide of this world and take a stand for sexual purity. So often, we as parents and churches do not want to talk to our students about sex and God’s standard for purity because frankly it can a bit uncomfortable. However, if you haven’t noticed, our mainstream media, pop culture, our schools, and our teen’s friends are all unabashedly talking about this topic, and unfortunately, giving them the wrong message when it comes to this most important of topics.

As you can see in the verses above, if we are truly followers of Jesus, God’s will for us is to be holy, which means set apart for a specific and special task or purpose. We as Christians are commanded by God to live lives of sexual purity so that we can purposely and positively make an impact our culture for the Kingdom of God and take a stand against the kingdom of darkness. The enemy wants so badly to ensnare and derail people into the traps of sexual promiscuity, and perversion, which are sins, and ultimately lead to spiritual death.

My encouragement to all of us who love and care for teens (either as parents, aunts/uncles, grandparents) is to model sexual purity to our teens and to encourage them to follow God’s plan for abstinence until marriage and to communicate with them frequently about how they are doing in this area of their lives. It might be a bit uncomfortable or awkward, but if done with love and God’s direction, we can help our teens avoid the heartache, pain and suffering many have experienced when they do not follow God’s plan for sexuality.

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