Wednesday, April 20, 2016

True Intimacy (1 Thessalonians 4:3-6)

Today’s scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6

I believe that God originally created man and woman (Genesis 1:27), and through them, provided the means for procreation: part of man and part of woman (Genesis 1:28). For reasons only He knows (and I'm not complaining!), that procreation comes naturally through sexual intercourse.

But I also believe that God, in His infinite wisdom, chose to make that act truly pleasurable, something that actually “cleaves” a husband and wife. Nothing is more intimate than sexually connecting with another person, and I believe God intends for sex to be between married people. It is beautiful in His sight for a husband and wife to give themselves to each other in this way (see 1 Corinthians 7:3-5 in The Message paraphrase).

Anything else goes against God’s original design.

Our bodies are temples housing the very Spirit of God. We must protect them and use them only in a way that pleases and glorifies God. And that includes making certain that we keep ourselves pure unless we are in a God-designed “leaving and cleaving” relationship—a covenant blessed by God (Genesis 2:24).

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