Theme of the Week: Experience Sex as God Intended
Monday, August 11, 2014
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Key Bible Verses: Enjoy the wife you married as a young man! Lovely as an angel, beautiful as a rose—don't ever quit taking delight in her body. Never take her love for granted! (Proverbs 5:18-19, The Message)
Dig Deeper: Proverbs 5:15-19
Many Christians tend to shy away from understanding that God created all things to be enjoyed (1 Tim. 4:1-5), including marriage and sex. Understand this clearly: God wants you to enjoy sex.
[In today's Dig Deeper,] Solomon challenges his son to enjoy sex with his wife. Yes, he wanted his son to be committed to one woman. But in the context of these verses, Solomon made several statements that give great insight and freedom to what it looks like to enjoy sex with your wife: "Let your fountain be blessed," "take pleasure in the wife of your youth," "let her breasts always satisfy you," and "be lost in her love forever" (HCSB). As a married man, this is one of my favorite passages in the Bible.
The man's passion for sex with his wife is described as a fountain of water that has a never-ending resource to pull from. To put it another way, our enjoyment in sex can continue to grow and mature. When married couples find their sex boring, it's not because they have peaked on the pleasure scale. It's because they have believed a lie from Satan that over time marriage becomes stale. God intends just the opposite—a boundless and regretless freedom in marriage.
—Eric Mason in Manhood Restored
Adapted from Manhood Restored by Eric Mason (B&H Books, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, thank you for the gift of sex. Forgive me for times I've misused this gift. Help me to begin each day by committing my body to you as an "instrument of righteousness" (Rom. 6:13, NIV).
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