They are all black except for a nice white stripe all the way down their back, a big bushy tail, and a cute little almost kitten-like face. There are two problems with skunks: one little spray and nobody will get near you for the next week. Secondly, if they're out in the daytime, it can mean they have rabies. So, what do you do? Do you go pet them because they are so cute or try to scare them off? Only if you're suicidal! The best thing to do is walk quickly in the other direction and you won't have to bury your clothes!

That's how God says we can protect the beauty of "no regrets sex." Avoid it! Don't get anywhere near the opportunity or the urge to have sex outside of marriage. In practical terms this means avoiding four mistakes that can take you farther than you ever intended to go.

  1. Avoid extended time alone: If you have feelings for someone and you're with them for a long time in a situation where you could get very physical, chances are you will.
  2. Avoid exceeding the speed limit: In other words, don't get near the point where your body and mind are preparing themselves for sexual intercourse.
  3. Avoid feeding your fantasies: Don't watch or listen to things that will just fuel your lust and make it harder to control.
  4. Avoid squandering the innocent expressions of affection: Don't give away for nothing things like holding hands, a simple hug, or a simple kiss. You need to guard those.

In 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 of the Bible, you'll find practical advice from the inventor of sex on how to keep from spoiling His invention. It starts out by saying, "It is God's will that you should be sanctified." That word doesn't mean you're wearing a halo or a white robe. It literally talks about sex being kept for special purposes. He says it is God's will that, "you should avoid sexual immorality." That means any sexual relationship outside the boundaries of your marriage to your lifetime partner. Then he says His will is that each of you should, "control his own body." Control your passions; don't let your passions control you.

This unique, powerful love gift is just too special to ruin. God, the inventor, sums up His strategy for staying pure. You might think of it as the skunk approach. There is one way to keep from getting the skunk's worst - don't play with him even if he looks like a cute little kitty! Don't try to resist him, you'll lose. Avoid him!

Skunks might seem to have a sign on them that says, "I'm cuddly, come play with me," but you have to stay away. Don't let sex too soon or adulterous sex lure you to get so close to something that it will cost you more than you ever intended to pay, and take you where you never intended to go.

Don't pet it. Don't even fight it. Do what God, the inventor of sex, says - avoid it.

            

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