The Bible has always been clear about saving yourself for marriage. However, the reality is, that many Christian couples struggle to follow this rule. It takes a lot of work and self-control to keep one's self pure before marriage, but it is definitely possible. While the devil will always throw temptations your way, you can overcome them as long as God is with you. Here are Bible verses you can cling to when your relationship is struggling with temptation.
1. Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
To overcome temptation, you must acknowledge the fact that you cannot overcome it alone. You need God to help you. Instead, put all your trust in God and draw your strength from Him. Only God can give you the power to resist temptations headed your way.
2. 1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
While trying to overcome temptation is not an easy feat, you must know that God will not give you a challenge you cannot endure. The temptation has come your way because God knows you can overcome it. He wants you to be closer to Him and seek His help in the process.
3. 1 Corinthians 6:8
Flee from sexual immorality.
It can't get any more straightforward than this. God wants you to flee from sexual immorality and reject all physical desires. Do not indulge; the more you do, the stronger the temptation becomes. Even if you indulge one bit and think that it will be harmless, it is not. God says run away from it, so do just that.
4. Matthew 26:41
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Nothing will help you more than prayer. Human nature tends to entertain temptation, which is why the Bible helps us follow God's instructions. Use prayer as your personal line to God to ask help. Talk to him openly about your worries. Seek guidance. God is always strong, and you can depend on His strength to get you through everything.
5. Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
This verse is important for two reasons. One, you must always put God first. Next, you have to fear the Lord. When you put God first, this means that you are always striving to do what's right. And it's not just because you're following God's word, but it is more of following it because you fear God. This fear is what will give you the drive to be a rightful child of the Lord. Knowing this wholeheartedly, you will be more committed to overcoming temptation and doing right by Him.
There is nothing wrong with being in a relationship. However, you have to be a responsible Christian when entering one. Let these Bible verses guide you whenever you feel weak. But more importantly, let your faith be bigger than your fear. As long you have faith in God, you can overcome anything.