There is a big disconnect between what believers know is God’s will and how people actually live.
Chastity is the virtue of understanding and respecting sex to such a great degree that one keeps it in the appropriate time and place (marriage).
It would save a lot of headaches and heartache, wouldn’t it?
While you can’t predict the future, you can make choices that will help guide you… Although nobody’s perfect, you owe it to yourself to have high standards in your choice of boyfriend/girlfriend.
Viewing abstinence as such, you can see why many people choose to use this term when encouraging young people to save sex for marriage.
There is an extremely valuable discipline learned through not immediately acting on one’s desires. Abstinence is also encouraged so that one learns “delayed gratification”—saving something now makes it more valuable in the future. If the child “abstains” from eating all the cookies immediately, the child is learning the value of delayed gratification.