Prove it at the altar

'Flee sexual immorality... your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you...' 1 Corinthians 6:18-19 NKJV

American newspaper columnist Ann Landers wrote on many subjects and was very outspoken on issues that others shied away from. On one occasion she wrote for girls whose boyfriends ask them to 'prove their love' through sex.

Check it out: 'Why not prove your love by sticking your head in the oven and turning on the gas? Or how about playing leap-frog in traffic? It's about as safe. Clear the cobwebs out of your head. Anybody who asks you to prove your love is trying to take you for the biggest, most gullible fool that ever walked. That "proving it" bit is one of the rottenest lines ever invented. Does he love you? It doesn't sound like it. Someone who loves you wants whatever's best for you. Figure it out. He wants you to commit an immoral act, surrender your virtue, compromise your character, throw away your self respect, risk the loss of your reputation and risk getting pregnant, getting diseased or getting into trouble. Wise up! He wants what's best for him! He wants a thrill he can brag about at your expense. Love? Who's kidding who? A guy who loves a girl would sooner cut off his right arm than hurt her. The truth is, this self-serving individual has proved that he doesn't love you at all. That's when he drops you, picks up his line and goes casting elsewhere for another equally gullible fish. If he loves you, let him prove it - at the altar.'

So what now? You have value - no need to prove it.

Soulfood: 1 Chr 12:23 - 15:29, Mark 4:1-12, Ps 119:41-48, Prov 21:1-3

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