Isn't this true with our hearts & bodies? Our hearts and bodies are a gift to be treasured for our spouse - current or future. In fact, we are a temple of the Holy Spirit and ought to honor God with our bodies.
I Corinthians 6:18-20 - "Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body."
What do I want to present to my husband on our wedding night - a gift that has been haphazardly re-wrapped, torn or is in disarray or a gift that has been treasured and kept pure? If I want the latter from my future spouse, shouldn't I be striving to offer him the same? If I give my heart away a piece at a time, what am I saving for marriage? If I give myself away physically (to any degree), am I honoring God and my future mate? For that matter, am I honoring the person I am involved with and their future mate?
My heart & my body are a gift that I will present one day to my future spouse. Right now I need to make choices that will treasure that gift and keep it pure. God offers forgiveness for past choices and mistakes. And He gives the strength to live in purity of thought & deed.
2 Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"
I'm in a class at church that is going through Mark Driscoll's "Peasant Princess" series where he teaches through the book of Song of Songs. It's been a fantastic series and I am learning a ton! Our facilitators have done an excellent job of drawing in both single & married folks of all ages. I'm looking forward to the next few weeks!