Dating for 7 years before marriage
meant “every kind of extramarital, unlawful, or unnatural sexual intercourse [including] fornication, sexual immorality, prostitution.” Extramarital means outside of marriage, which includes sex before marriage. I think He does — in Matthew 19:6 where Jesus is talking about marriage — “One flesh” includes sexual intercourse. Its intimacy and pleasure and vulnerability deeply bond a man and woman.
So — we can trust that this command is part of His love for us. This bonding brings great joy when nurtured and protected by love and commitment — but it brings great pain if it is broken.
He just wants to tell you all the special things they did together.
Perhaps you are recently divorced and now you find yourself exploring available men online. Have you heard that widowers are great dates, who know what they want and are ready to get it?
Some men get used to being alone, even though they say they don’t want to be by themselves. It’s not like buying a car and knowing you can trade it in a year or 2 later if it isn’t what you want; this one is for life.
If a woman is there at the right time for a widower, then she is in luck.
I don’t know of anything else like it." (Doug) "Excellent comment.
Really well put and wisdom that is strangely lacking in much evangelical thinking." (John) "Thank you -- I needed to hear this.