Others find hope and encouragement in these heroes whose lives withstand the stresses of life, who hold to their persuasions no matter the pressure put on them to recant their resolves and to change their convictions. One aspect of the overall integrity of heroes is their sexual integrity. The need is great for heroes.
Remember your first real crush … the flush of your face, the pounding of your heart, the shortness of breath at your first touch? You were “in love” … or perhaps, more realistically, in love with love. Your heart was filled with excitement at the anticipation of holding hands and receiving a sweet goodnight kiss. Such were the days of innocence—the ways of “puppy love.” But when infatuation turns to feverish passion, innocence can be lost. What you think is love turns out to be lust… an illusion of relational intimacy … a counterfeit of the lasting love that sustains a relationship. Too late, you learn there are great differences between lust and love. The Bible tells us …
“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” (Colossians 3:5)
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)