I think most people would admit that intimacy is important in a relationship. Talk about the importance of purity, however, and some are not as convinced. Whether we want to admit it or not, the two are connected. I’ll explain:

Drink water from your own well—
share your love only with your wife.
Why spill the water of your springs in the streets,
having sex with just anyone?
You should reserve it for yourselves.
Never share it with strangers.

-Proverbs 5:15-17

I have placed two pictures above. As you can see, one picture is my water dispenser. The other is water which has flowed down a freshly painted curb. Which one would you want to drink?

That’s a pretty easy question, right? The water in my dispenser is fresh and pure. The water on the street is contaminated—probably toxic.

Proverbs gives us some powerful imagery regarding purity and intimacy—the two are strongly connected. Water which has run down the street loses its value. In the same way, sex looses its value and intimacy when it is shared with someone other than your spouse. The more people you share it with, the less valuable it becomes.

If you want true sexual intimacy with your future spouse, strive for sexual purity. Wait and enjoy the gift of sex only with your spouse.