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Living in the Now

There are three places we can live—in the past, in the present, or in the future.

Some people live in the past. They are always looking back. Their lives are so weighted down by mistakes, failures, regrets, and sins of the past that they don’t enjoy the present.

Others live in the future. They either spend so much time dreaming of the future or dreading it. They worry so much about tomorrow that they miss the joy of today.

The best place to live is in the now. David expressed what ought to be the outlook of all of us when he wrote, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 18:24).

To make the most of life, to live in and enjoy the now, we need forgiveness for the past and faith for the future. These set us free to make the most of today, and Jesus offers you both of them. He died on the cross so our sins could be forgiven. He tells us not to be worried and anxious about tomorrow but to trust him to take care of us, just as he takes care of the birds of the air and the flowers of the field (Matthew 6:25-26).

With forgiveness for past sins and faith in Christ for future needs, we are free to enjoy today.

The best thing about the past is that it is behind us. The best thing about the future is that it comes just one day at a time. So let’s get in fellowship with God and enjoy them just that way.

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Today's Devotional

Why Wait Until Marriage?

In the old days sex was shrouded with three fears: the fear of conception, the fear of infection, and the fear of detection. Today those fears are largely gone. The pill and other contraceptives have greatly lessened the fear of conception. Antibiotics have greatly lessened the fear of infection, and the automobile has greatly lessened the fear of detection. With the old fears gone, young people are wondering “Why wait for marriage to experience sex?” There are three good reasons.

1. For the sake of others. I still believe one of the greatest arguments against sex before marriage is the possibility of a child. We must not dismiss the old fears too readily. Many, many babies born in the United States each year are born out of wedlock. In addition there are more criminal abortions every year. Babies need all the favorable circumstances they can have as they enter life. Growing up is hard even in the best of families. A child has a right to be born into a home where it is wanted and where there is love and security. God has entrusted to us the power to create life. It is pretty difficult to be causal about that. 

2. For the sake of your own mental health. Francis J. Braceland, editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry, said, “Premarital sex relations, growing out of the so-called ‘new morality,’ have greatly increased the number of young people in mental hospitals. [Reports]  indicate that liberalized dormitory rules and more lenient attitudes toward sex have imposed stresses on some college women severe enough to cause emotional breakdown.”

3. For the sake of marriage. Whatever may be modern attitudes, real or pretended, toward sexual “freedom,” one thing that most people want is a relationship that is sincere and permanent. Those who wait on sex until marriage have the best chance of a happy, permanent marriage. Studies made by the late Professor Lewis M. Terman of Stanford University have concluded that “of those men and women who have had premarital sexual intercourse, the more promiscuous they have been premaritally, the less likely they are to be happy maritally.” 

Why wait until marriage? For the sake of society, yourself, and others. And that is reason enough.

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