Lent 2017 is here and some of us are still trying to figure out what we can give up that means enough to be called a sacrifice, myself included. I have travelled this route a few times, and sometimes I succeed, other times I fail miserably.
Let me remind you of the time that I claimed I was giving up complaining for Lent. I really meant it, but it is such a part of my nature that within 3 days of making that commitment, I had started failing. I had to come up with the idea to change my complaints to gratefulness each time I complained. That worked out better.
There was also that time that I gave up meat. I was only able to eat fish sometimes. It was super hard because although I tried being a vegetarian in the past, it didn’t work. I am currently an avid meat eater.
I sometimes feel like a slave to meat eating and I am going to fix that one day with the help of God
Social media, I can’t forget giving up the dreaded social media. That too was hard because people always see something on Facebook that they think you have to see too. Then here they come prancing over, phone poised in hand and when you tell them that you can’t look, they say “but it’s not like you are the one who’s logged on.” What don’t you understand? I can’t look at Facebook right now! Get away from me you iPhone carrying person.
With all that said, there is one thing that I absolutely cannot give up during Lent. Think about it, Lent is 40 days long and some of the things you give up may affect other people in your life so be careful what it is you giving up because you do want to be successful at this when you do it. Do not set yourself up for failure. Now because I do not want to set myself up to fail, I know one thing that I absolutely cannot give up for Lent. SEX!
Wait before you chew off my head, it is not because God is not worth more to me than does sex. He absolutely does mean more but he gave me a husband whom will not agree to this madness (in his eyes) with scripture quotations. 1 Cor. 7:5
Do not deprive one another except by mutual consent for a limited time so you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again, so that Satan will not tempt you through your lack of self-control
So you both need to agree (plain as day) before you decide that you’re just goin’ to up and deprive the man. If you can get your husband to agree to that go for it. Otherwise you betta find another way, don’t disobey the word to honor God because you wouldn’t really be honoring God now would you? God knows and understands the requirements of marriage. He doesn’t even want you to deprive each other for his sake. Look at that, sex must be like super extra important to God.
Single ladies, enjoy your current season because whether you know it or not, there will be some limitations on you doing some of the things you probably take for granted right now. You will be ready when you go into the season of marriage but right now, that is not where God has you. Check this out: 1 Cor 7:4
The wife does not have authority over her own body but the husband. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his body, but the wife.
If that quote there does not sit well with you stop thinking about marriage for a while and enjoy some more of your single hood. As for you married ladies, don’t just go off to “deprive him land” all willy nilly without his agreement.