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I know how you feel, because I was a virgin on my wedding day, but my wife was not. Like the woman you mentioned, my wife had become a new creation. But it was still a painful challenge to deal with the knowledge of her past.


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By polskieserce, July 19, in Open Mic. According to the Bible and Catholic teaching, people are supposed to wait until marriage to have sex. God valued sexual purity so much that he dedicated the 6 th commandment to this teaching.

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He was unsure whether or not he should move forward in a relationship with someone who had a sexual history.

They discuss their relationship under the public spotlight including some of their personal hang-ups and hardships and the effects of premarital sexuality on their marriage. It seems that the topic of sexual history is one that continues to leave deep scars and painful wounds even within our modern generation where virginity may not always be the norm.

There are times that we as humans get so fixated on the details that we fail to take in the big picture.

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As Christians, one area that our narrow perspective has negatively affected has been the topic of sexual purity. Sexual purity is unarguably a very important thing. God would have not mentioned it time and time again throughout scriptures if that were not so.

Yet we as Christians must remember that though it is an important piece to the puzzle of a flourishing marriage, it is by no means the most important factor.

When I am counseling young couples, this is where I always start no matter the issue. This is where I believe that our tendency to get hung up on the details can be really devastating.

Beyond the scope of sexual past, one must consider who a person is in their present. We serve a God of grace and mercy, a God who uproots us from our old selfish life and plants us into the soil of holiness and righteousness.

For those who are in a true relationship with Jesus, sexual past can no longer be the defining point of their lives. They are now defined by their relationship with Jesus Christ, a relationship that should be overflowing from every part of their current being- growing them, sanctifying them, maturing them, and equipping them to be the person that God has called them to be.

What kind of a lifestyle is your partner living out here and now?

I once heard it said that someone who cannot forgive themselves for their past is not struggling with the sin of guilt, but with the sin of pride. As though our sins were more powerful than the blood that He shed. Pride is also at the root of a heart who cannot forgive another for the sins committed against them.

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Like the story of the unforgiving servant, in the book of Matthew chapter 18, who had an enormous debt wiped out yet still could not manage to forgive the debt of his own servant. If you cannot learn to love your partner by covering them in grace, than purity of body has taken priority over purity of heart. If I remember correctly, Jesus always looks at the heart John Ask any Christ-centered married couple in which one or both partners have dabbled in the world of sexuality outside of marriage and they will be able to point to the consequences of that behavior somewhere in their relationship.

That said- anyone who enters into marriage brings their own list of things to work through, whether it be a sexual past, family problems, past sins, spending habits, communication deficits, and on and on and on. Who of us is perfect when it comes to purity of the mind, body, and soul?

Though these things may have an effect on our relationship, it is up to us whether or not we allow these effects to bring us into relational blessings or relational struggles.

When it comes to purity, I think it would do us all good to remind ourselves to look at the big picture. There is no doubt that Jesus calls us to live a life of sexual purity.

He loves relationships, and he wants us to go into them with as little baggage and pain as possible because He knows the difficulties that come when two flawed human beings are made to become one. With that in mind, knowing our flaws and knowing the nature of our flesh, he loves us anyway, takes us back again and again, and empowers us to live holy and righteous lives in the here and now.

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Look for that kind of purity in your pursuit of relationships: a purity that permeates every part of your partners present life- mind, body, and soul; a purity that is dictated by who they are in Christ today, not just by where they have come from; a purity that has room for grace, mercy and forgiveness. Because frankly, those are the qualities that you will desperately need in marriage more than any other trait.

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