But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:28
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world 1 John 2:16
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails!
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:14
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
Lust is Satan's #1 tool to use when he tries to end relationships and marriages. Because he hates them so much! Especially when he sees that a certain relationship is glorifying God and desires to glorify Him.
Why does he try so hard to destroy a Jesus loving relationship? Because he fears the power in it.
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:19-20
If there is just one who can do all things through Christ who strengthens them. Imagine what two as one can conquer through Christ! Satan fears that. So he wants to do all he can to destroy it! And unfortunately he knows a great weakness in a lot of relationships is lust. So he runs with it by planting weeds at the door of your mind. By telling you things such as " Well, you guys are going to get married anyways. So why not? And "You guys love each other so it's okay"
It's so important that you destroy those thoughts before they reach the finish line. Because sex out of marriage can destroy the love that was there! Even if it feels right. Which makes sense because you were meant to be together, and you are meant to give yourself to one another. But the timing is wrong if it's not in marriage and the right thing at the wrong time is the wrong thing. By letting that weed grow around your mind your allowing captivity not only in your relationship, but in yourself as well. When you just don't want any part of the relationship and temptation anymore. You decide to just break off what was once beautiful. The woman is left feeling disrespected, unworthy, and shamed. Feeling anger toward the man who is supposed to be protecting her sexual purity and honor. And the man is left feeling lonely,shameful, insecure, a failure and disconnected because he deeply feels rejected by the woman knowing he hurt her. You see, there is not just one victim but two. And slowly they depart. Destroying something that was once beautiful into a heartbroken memory. This is why it is so important to destroy the weed as soon as it's planted and to not encourage it by adding water. This is why God tells us to wait. Because waiting will make a marriage stronger!