Visit from friend

Hi, I'm dating a girl who will be visiting me for a weekend because she lives far away. She asked if she could sleep in the same bed with me, and I told her that I believe couples shouldn't sleep together outside of marriage. She responded by saying that only applies to sex in bed, which she said she isn't interested in doing. I wasn't sure to how to respond, and was hoping for your thoughts on this question: Is a couple sleeping in the same bed outside of marriage wrong if they don't have sex?

It is wrong on several counts. For starters, rather than distancing yourself from temptations to engage in sexual activity (1 Corinthians 6:18), you would be putting temptation right in front of you and your friend. Additionally, if you think you would be able to withstand those temptations, Scripture offers a warning (1 Corinthians 10:12).

Secondly, the Bible teaches: “But among you there must not even be a hint of sexual immorality” (Ephesians 5:3). Two people of the opposite sex sharing a bed creates more than a hint.

Next, the Bible warns us about causing offense to others (Matthew 18:6-7) and emboldening them to sin against God’s will or their consciences.

It would be good for you to find different accommodations for your friend when she visits you. That way you can both honor and glorify God with your lives (1 Corinthians 10:31).