Read: “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.’ ‘At last!’ the man exclaimed. ‘This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’’ This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” Genesis 2:18; 23-24
There’s no skirting around this week’s topic, no calling it a cute nickname or making vague references to what we’re actually talking about. This week’s devotions are all about sex. If you’ve been reading these as a family, this week comes with a big PG-13 warning. But parents - this might be a good chance to start a conversation with your kids. They’re certainly hearing about it from the world, so why not let them know what God says about sex and intimacy?
Sex is a gift from God for married couples. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. Can non-married people find pleasure in sex? Sure. But it will never be all that it was designed to be. It won’t draw you closer together as a couple the way that God intended, and it definitely won’t draw you closer to God. Through sex, married couples come together in a covenant bond, also known in scripture as becoming “one flesh.” The world leads us to believe that God is against sex - that the only way to have true sexual freedom is to indulge in it whenever you want with whomever you choose. But, that couldn’t be further from the truth. It is God who created and designed sex to be enjoyed, to be celebrated between a married man and woman.
Over the years, the church hasn’t done the greatest job when it comes to talking about sex. It’s either ignored, or accompanied by lessons full of guilt and shame. Last week, College and Student Pastor Timmy Ruhnke mentioned a conference where the speaker passed around a rose, meant to represent our bodies. Once almost 1,200 students had touched and smelled the rose, it was damaged and wilted from wear. The speaker then held up the rose and asked, “who would want something so used?” Timmy reminded us that God does! While the enemy tries to keep us locked in the guilt of our past, Christ offers us a future full of hope and grace. So no matter what your past love life looks like, Christ is ready to offer you a new start, and a chance to enjoy sex in the way He intended for it to be experienced.
Pray: God, help me tune out the lies the world tries to teach about sex. As I try to live my life in a way that honors you, as I try to teach my kids what it means to know, love and follow you, help me be unafraid to share the truth of what you say about sex. In Jesus’ name, Amen.