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7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.8 Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.3:5]- typically young adult to adulthood journey includes a series of romantic relationships with someone else’s future spouse since most of these don’t end in marriage [but see 1 Cor.-7:4]- varying levels of emotional awakening and stirring of passions and feelings and giving of hearts and sharing intimate expressions verbally and eventually often physically (kissing, “making out,” caressing, sometimes even further sexually) with consequences including significant emotional and spiritual toll upon the young people when relationships come to an end- frequently seeks and savors some of the privileges of marriage without its covenant commitment or love that dies to self rather than pleases self, and seeks the other’s best interest [Eph.- In God’s Law, the father was held responsible for the purity of a daughter living in his house (Dt.-21)- fathers teach children: guard your heart (Prov. passionately in love above all else with God’s Son 2. purposefully considering marriage for God’s glory 4. purity guarding for God’s best Some Key Scriptures on Purity: Song of Solomon 2:7, 3:5 (NIV) 3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.