Monday, November 13, 2023
Thankfully, the Bible isn't subtle about matters of sexual intimacy.  God speaks through His servants clearly about the sacredness of a husband and wife entering into sexual intimacy.  They are to please each other before focusing on their own needs and fulfillment.  They are to recognize that their bodies are not their own but are to be used to bless their marriage partner and glorify God.  And they are not to step outside of their marriage union to find sexual satisfaction.  Sexual intimacy is something a married couple is encouraged to "rejoice" in together as they learn to "satisfy" each other with their love. They should be "captivated" by the love they have and share. Sexual intimacy with anyone other than their marriage partner is a sin and a profane rejection of both God's will and the preciousness of the person they married.  They should "reserve" their intimacy for each other and not let other poisonous influences intrude into the sanctity and joy of their one-flesh relationship. 
Thankfully, God is not prudish about sex.  After all, He designed it as a gift to give us as His beloved creations. He is, however, unequivocal: the joys of sexual intimacy are reserved for the sanctity of marriage and the protective security of a life-long covenant with each other and God. 
Almighty God, thank you for creating us as people who long for connection with someone who loves us, is committed to us, and will share their bodies with us in marriage. Thank you for designing joy, excitement, pleasure, and a sense of oneness in sexual intimacy. I commit to honoring You by using this great gift to bless my marriage partner and as we worship You in holiness and honor with our bodies and each other. * Forgive me when I have not held the preciousness of this gift in as great an honor and gift as You do. In Jesus' name, I praise and thank you. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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