I don’t think a lot of you guys think about that now when you are out there doing things whether it be having sex or doing drugs and stuff. You don’t think about how it may ruin your testimony or the fact that maybe one day you’re going to meet a wonderful guy or girl who is not going to want to be with you because of what you have done– pg. 224
While her warning is real and many young people do not think about their future or their future partner and their feelings, if the person is wonderful they will know you cannot change the past. They will accept you as you are and look past your sinful deeds (if you have truly repented from then) and start a good relationship with you. It may take some work to help them overcome what you have done but again, if they are truly from God then they will help build you up and overcome your past so that you can be their perfect partner.
Then keeping her warning in mind, think about what you are going to do. If it is sinful and against God’s word then you need to be strong and resist temptation for you are not living for yourself but for God’s kingdom and Jesus.The things of this world are fun, they are exciting but they are not of God and you must be careful.Sin destroys lives. There was a professor at Dallas Seminary many years ago who told a story about his son who wanted to hang out with his unsaved friends. The professor told his son it would be okay if he influenced them and they did not influence him for evil. Soon those friends all accepted Christ as their savior because the boy followed his father’s advice.
Remember that while Jesus ate with sinners, he did not participate in sinful activities, he did not approve of those people’s sins or sinful activities and he was not influenced by them. He influenced them.Jesus maintained his holiness in that situation and did not compromise. Young people need to learn how Jesus did this and copy his example, that way they will be ready and pure when they meet that wonderful special person and have less problems to bring to the relationship.