Marriage is losing ground to a grinding economic slowdown that has prompted more couples to live together without tying the knot. The number of U.S. unmarried couples living together jumped 13%, to 7.5 million, in 2010. This is a 25% increase in 10 years.* These are troubling statistics that show a deep-seated fear of commitment and trust in marriage. But it is an understandable result of so many who were scarred by their own parents’ divorce, economic times, or a troubled home.
Couples living together want sex, companionship, and love. They’ll get sex and companionship, but they’ll never experience real love without commitment. For without commitment, there is no real love. Living together, by definition, is always looking for a way out. No commitment. No trust. No real love.
God’s way is love and commitment first, and then companionship and sex. And that sex and companionship will be far better because of your trust in Him and in your spouse.
*U.S. Census Bureau 2011, Denver Post, USA Today