…by Tina Hines
I live in a unique surrounding, in that we have a very large pond behind our wooded lot. Once a year the emergency & rescue teams of the town gather just behind my backyard – usually in January, in cold and iced water – to practice emergency saving techniques. This happened a few nights ago when it was raining and icy!
Likewise, throughout the school year, our local schools have fire drills and tornado drills to help prepare students and teachers in case of an emergency.
In these situations, a great deal of time, effort, planning and even money is used to prepare “just in case”…. Just in case there is an emergency – we’ll know what to do.
It really made me think about how we prepare our minds and hearts toward sex. Does our preparation come with a world view or with a Godly view. How much time, effort and planning do we spend in what God says about sex and how He created us to – well, enjoy it? Sex is sacred, holy, divine.
The Divine purposes for sex, as discussed very candidly on Sunday, are for reproduction, mutual pleasure and intimacy. The Divine parameter for sex is simple: it is within a marriage. And finally, the divine perspective for sex is ‘Be the Giver’.
Now if this subject is uncomfortable – it may be because it’s typically not covered in a Sunday morning sermon, or your parents kept that conversation to a simple one time talk in a private setting. But knowing what God has to say about sex can be found all throughout scripture…and is your best guide and resource for healthy conversations with your children and your spouse, etc. Crazy enough, our small group found ourselves studying 1 Thessalonians 4 just a week ago…. God’s will is that you should be holy; and avoid sexual immortality…that we should learn to control his/her own body in a way that is holy and honorable.
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed be kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. (Hebrews 13:4) Pretty strong advice.
The world’s view is saturated with self happiness, do what feels good, sex sells and the list goes on and on without the true purpose, parameter and perspective for sex. My heart really felt heavy at the thought of the unhealthy views of sex that is all around us.
For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.…..and for those of us who are married? Go ahead and do it – – God’s way. And if you’re not married yet, dive into the scriptures to find God’s perfect plan for sex.