Marriage is founded upon the biblical basis of a covenant.
Responses without nuance will not best serve the church in the long run.
He has not left you to crude speculation (libertarian) or crass rigidity (purist). God is not sitting on the sidelines of your romantic life waiting for you to become winsome (Prov. He anticipates, delights in, and works through awkward faithfulness (1 Cor. (4) Pre-marital romantic feelings are part of the inherent goodness of creation (Gen. Fall: (5) You are a sinner, and will desire to use, lie, manipulate, and push emotional, physical, and relational boundaries for unholy reasons (Jer. Don't structure your relationship as if you will always be at the top of your game (Matt.
Here are some starting places for living in an other-worldly (Eph.
Paul David Tripp metaphorically likens our world to an old, broken-down house: The world you live in is a lot like that broken-down house. You see it in the environment, blighted by pollution and misuse.
Every single room has been dirtied and damaged by sin. You see it in government, often focused more on caring for itself than on serving the people.