Session 16

The best way to beat temptation is to fight it together

From Song of Solomon: A-17 Day Devotional

Whether single or married, the temptation to stray from purity is always lurking. In Song of Solomon 8:9, the girl’s friends say, “If she is a wall, we will build towers of silver on her. If she is a door, we will enclose her with panels of cedar.”

The bride is reflecting on when she was younger and under the care of her brothers. If she was like a wall, standing firm against sexual temptation they would praise her, but if she was like a door, open to immorality, they would take steps to guard her from doing something foolish. In Song of Solomon 8:10, she declares that she was persistent in morality, and thus, she found favor in Solomon’s eyes.

You don't have to fight temptation alone. 

The accountability and encouragement the bride got from her brothers helped her honor God in her relationships. You might be the only Christian in your family or circle of friends, but that doesn’t mean you have to fight temptation alone. The same support system available to the bride in Song of Solomon is available to us through the church.

It is difficult to remain pure in a serious relationship when the desire for intimacy is so strong. When a friend admits to struggling with temptation or going too far with his girlfriend, we should show him grace and to help him set up boundaries to remain pure. Or, if a friend shares how she has protected her heart from attaching to someone she doesn’t intend to marry, we should celebrate with her.

If we can commit to being open and honest with our closest friends about our temptations, they can help us to build boundaries. If someone is struggling to stay pure, it should be our joy to encourage him or her stay strong.

When we set boundaries and save sex for marriage, we set ourselves up to experience even greater intimacy as husband and wife.

Reflect:

  • What boundaries do you need to put in place to help you to stay pure?
  • What is one way you can encourage a friend in a serious dating relationship?
  • Who do you trust that you can talk to about temptation? When was the last time you opened up about areas where you’re struggling?

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

Do you and God share the same view of sex?

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Session 3

Say what’s on your mind

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Session 4

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Session 5

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Session 6

Why love is worth waiting for

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Session 7

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Session 8

Never run out of nice things to say

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Session 9

God made sex, and it is good

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Session 10

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

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Session 11

Why you should marry your best friend

You finally get the first date with your crush. You spend hours getting ready, daydreaming about how perfect everything will be. Nervousl...

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Session 12

Who do you love more than your spouse?

Who is your best friend? Most of us think of childhood friends we played with, college roommates we got into trouble with, the parents we...

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Session 13

The honeymoon doesn’t have to end

Picture an elderly couple walking down the street holding hands, looking just as in love as they probably did 50 years ago? We see that a...

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Session 14

It takes three to make a thing go right

The intimacy God created for marriage rivals no other on this earth. And while we want to believe a relationship like Solomon’s is possib...

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Session 15

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We all know the story. Boy meets girl. Boy asks girl out. Boy proposes to girl. They live happily ever after. Books, movies, and even th...

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Session 16

The best way to beat temptation is to fight it together

Whether single or married, the temptation to stray from purity is always lurking. In Song of Solomon 8:9, the girl’s friends say, “If she...

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Session 17

The love story you want is worth waiting for

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