Sunday, 20 January 2013

Between Abstinence and Chastity Part II


Chastity is a virtue—not a habit. Chastity is freedom from sexual impurities, not necessarily freedom from sexual activity. We know that God created sex, and everything God created is very good. Within the boundaries of chastity, one can be sexually active. Chastity is the virtue of understanding and respecting sex to such a great degree that one keeps it in the appropriate time and place (marriage). Every man, woman, and child in the world can be living chastity—priests, religious brothers and sisters, single people, married couples, and teenagers. It’s a lifestyle choice. It means that you understand the power of sex enough to keep it in marriage.

Why is Chastity so Attractive? Three Major Reasons:

  1. Chastity includes the act of having sex, which is something most people would like to experience in life. Chastity, in fact, encourages and demands that married couples have sex due to its incredible bonding power. Chastity encourages a healthy understanding of sexuality, not a repression until marriage.
  2. Every person considering marriage would agree that they DESIRE CHASTITY for both themselves and their spouses once they are married. Every couple should want a chaste marriage because it means that your spouse respects sex enough to not cheat on you. No one wants a spouse that will “sleep around” or even be unchaste on one occasion. Most of us would admit that chastity is something that we will eventually want in our lives. However, chastity is a lifestyle you don’t learn in a day. So, if you eventually want chastity, you had better start training now. You don’t automatically learn this skill just because a ring is on your finger.
  3. Chastity is a positive message. It doesn't tell us, “don’t do it.” It tells us “there is an appropriate time and place.” God gave us directions to make our lives better, more fulfilling, and for the sex to be awesome. Chastity encourages an understanding of one’s own sexuality, a deep appreciation of the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual aspects of sex, and a sincere respect and love for others, including those you date or marry.

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