Live Loved

“He who heeds the world wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.”

[Proverbs 16:20]

God's Gift to Marriage

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 6:19 nlt). Paul wrote these words to counter the Corinthian sex obsession. “Run away from sexual sin!” reads the prior sentence. “No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body” (v. 18 nlt).

What a salmon scripture! No message swims more upstream than this one. You know the sexual anthem of our day: “I’ll do what I want. It’s my body.” God’s firm response? “No, it’s not. It’s mine.”

Be quick to understand, God is not antisex. Dismiss any notion that God is antiaffection and antiintercourse. After all, he developed the whole package. Sex was his idea. From his perspective, sex is nothing short of holy.

He views sexual intimacy the way I view our family Bible. Passed down from my father’s side, the volume is one hundred years old and twelve inches thick. Replete with lithographs, scribblings, and a family tree, it is, in my estimation, beyond value. Hence, I use it carefully.

When I need a step stool, I don’t reach for the Bible. If the foot of my bed breaks, I don’t use the family Bible as a prop. When we need old paper for wrapping, we don’t rip a sheet out of this book. We reserve the heirloom for special times and keep it in a chosen place.

Regard sex the same way—as a holy gift to be opened in a special place at special times. The special place is marriage, and the time is with your spouse.

[It’s Not About Me]

Lord God,

May we treat the marriage covenant as sacred. May we resist any temptation to break down the walls of protection around our marriage. We want to honor you with our bodies and our sacred vows,

Amen

“Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his won body.”

[1 Corinthians 6:18]

“That you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexuality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well.”

[Acts 15:29]

“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness.”

[Galatians 5:19]

~ Max Lucado ~

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