Theme of the Week: Experience Sex as God Intended
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: Run from sexual sin! (1 Corinthians 6:18)
Dig Deeper: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Out of the illicit forms of sexuality to plague us, pornography stands above the rest. As a pastor, I do not know any other issue I deal with among men in the church more frequently.
Pornography lies to men about the reality of sex. So when a man comes to marriage, then, he doesn't have the slightest idea where to begin in spite of all the sites he's visited and movies he's watched.
Furthermore, he trains his passion to be directed toward specific types of women and certain experiences when he uses pornography. When this man gets married, he finds his expectations shaped by fantasy rather than reality. He selfishly uses his wife rather than graciously serves her. And inevitably, he becomes bitter when "she can't do it like the movies."
If his wife, for example, has a different body type than his fantasy women, his oneness has been spoiled before it can even begin. The wife will find herself in an unfair comparison with people neither partner has ever met. The joy the Lord created to be shared between husband and wife finds itself in a stalemate.
What, then, are we to do? Paul gave the simplest command: run! "Run" does not need exegetical insight. Run means run.
—Eric Mason in Manhood Restored
My Response: What practical steps can I take to keep from giving in to sexual temptation?
Thought to Apply: Porn promises so much, but it doesn't satisfy and charges a high price: broken lives, broken relationships, broken hopes.—Tim Chester (pastor, writer)
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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