Three Ways Premarital Sex Affects You
Sex outside of marriage affects you in three realms, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Lets talk about how it affects you physically first. Did you know 50% of people who currently have HIV (also know as AIDS) are between the ages of 15 and 24 and that using a condom only reduces your risk of contracting HIV by 85%. I personally wouldn't dare take that risk. Having AIDs is like having a death sentence over your head for the rest of your life. AIDs is not the only STD that can be caught. There are around 60 types of STDs altogether. Pregnancy is another physical affect that you should consider. As much as I love children I most definitely want to wait to have mine until I'm married, graduated from high school and college and settled down. Raising a child is a big responsibility. I know because I've watched my mom raise all my 5 siblings.
Now let's move onto the emotional side of things. Most people don't think about how sex can affect you emotionally until it is too late. Sex is an emotional experience and after engaging in premarital sex many people express feelings of guilt , embarrassment, distrust, resentment, lack of respect, tension, and so much more. Now go back and read that list of feelings again except this time do it slowly. Do those sound like positive feelings to you? I didn't think so. Do you think having those feelings added to your life and your relationship is going to make things better? No, feelings like that are going to make things worse.
There was a study reported on Dec 10, 2004 that stated teenage girls who have premarital sex are 2x more likely to commit suicide then girls who practice abstinence and boys who practice premarital sex are 7x more likely to commit suicide than other boys who have choosen abstinence.
Last but not least I'm going to talk about how premarital sex affects you spirtually. Sin puts distance between you and God. Fornification (having sex outside of marriage) is sin. Check out these Bible verses.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 warns us, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
1 Corinthians 6:13b, 18 tells us, "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food"—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body."
"Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body"
Hebrews 13:4 says, "Marriage should be honored by everyone, and husband and wife should keep their marriage pure. God will judge as guilty those who take part in sexual sins."
1 Cor. 6:18 states this, "Run away from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body."
If you didn't already, Now you know that God's word has a lot to say about fornification. These were just some of the scriptures that I have chosen to share. There are a lot more.
Back to what I was saying, sin puts distance between you and God and we now know that fornification is a sin, so it's going to mess up your relationship with Christ. The great thing about Jesus Christ is He is the God of mercy and forgiveness. If you have messed up in the area of sex God will forgive you! All you need to do is pray and ask for his forgiveness and repent of your sin. Repenting doesn't mean saying sorry to God and then going to back into your sin again. It means you will turn from your sin. If my little brother slaps my arm and then says sorry and two seconds later slaps my arm again, I'm obviously not going to take his apology very seriously. It's the same with God. If you repent of your sins and ask his forgiveness and then go right back into your lifestyle of sexually immorality, He isn't going to find your repentance very sincere.
I pray that if you have made the mistake of having sex outside of marriage that you will ask for God's forgiveness and repent. It's not too late for you! Though you will still have to deal with consequences God will bless you for turning around and walking in His path. He is a God of second chances! He will still honor the fact that you are deciding to make a change for Him!
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Love in Christ,
--Tiffany Joy ♥