Purity in a dating relationship

It was easy to put the ring on when he first gave it to me, but it was harder to live up to as I got older.

Going into college, I thought wearing my little pink purity ring would be easy.

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I’m thankful for the grace, love, and accountability my mentor (and others) showed me as I walked through relationships throughout college, and even up to my wedding day and beyond.

Just like we need accountability in our walks with the Lord, we need accountability in our human relationships too.

There are many times that I don’t realize just how much strange teaching I’ve had to undo in my life. She now lives in gorgeous Montana with her husband and three kids, loving life, writing about spiritual abuse and grace, and leading worship for church, retreats, and special events.

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I was so focused on pursuing physical purity that I forgot about pursuing spiritual holiness as well.

Holiness is about being more like Christ, so when you’re in a relationship, don’t just make a list of things that you Hiding sexual sin behind closed doors is the most unhealthy thing you can do for a relationship—especially a relationship that is striving to honor and glorify God (1 Corinthians b).

In college, empty dorm rooms with no curfew gave temptation a foothold, and the physical boundaries I thought I would never struggle with started to feel blurry.

I knew I didn’t want to have sex before I was married, but what about everything else?

Shame’s real strategy is to keep you from telling anyone about it.

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