Posted On March 5, 2016

Nobody likes a regifter. Have you ever received a gift that you either didn’t like or had no use for? It sat unopened in your closet or drawer for months. Then your best friend’s birthday came up — he or she could really use the item. Should you give it to your friend? Well, the answer is yes—but not for a birthday present. How would your friend feel if he or she found out that you “regifted” your old gift as if it were “new” and “just for him or her”? This could be likened to Ananias and Sapphira giving some of the money from the sale of their land but behaving as if it were all of it. Their giving of “some” was fine; the sin was in their presentation as “all”—a deception (Acts 5).

Now, let’s take this to a different level. Is your body your own? Scripture tells us that it’s not—it is God’s (1 Corinthians 6:19). When you marry, He says that it also belongs to your spouse (1 Corinthians 7:4). Since your body ultimately belongs to your Creator (and your spouse), what right do you have to give it to someone else?

Additionally, imagine yourself asking your future spouse if you have permission to “use” your body with another first. What would he or she say? What would you say if you were asked? When it comes time to give your body to him or her, are you being worse than a regifter? You’ve used that gift—and now you’re going to give it to the most important person in your life as a “special” gift? How “special” is that?!

But, We Love Each Other

But what if you love your boyfriend (or girlfriend), and he or she loves you? You may even have plans to get married. Isn’t it worth waiting—primarily to be obedient to God? Yes, God forbids sex before marriage. Don’t kid yourself. There’s no question about it—it’s not a “grey area” sort of thing. But don’t take my word for it; read 1 Corinthians 7 and Ephesians 5:3.

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