In my last post, I wrote about how sexual desire is a God-given gift to mankind, both male and female. Today, I’ll like to elaborate on this. Let’s take a cue from one of the wisdom books of the Bible.
Proverbs 6:20-25,27 KJVS
“My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids…Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?”
Here we see a picture of a Father guiding his Son in how he should navigate sexuality. In the same vein, our Heavenly Father wants to guide us too. One of the things that was addressed in the verses above was the deception and effect of lust when not curtailed. God created our sexual desire to be fulfilled within the boundaries of a loving relationship of husband and wife but He also wants us to walk in sexual integrity whether we are married or single. This is a call to “all” believers.
1 Corinthians 6:18 (MSG)- “There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another.”
However, we must renew our minds in the way we see sexual desire. We need to know that the same God who gave the desire wants to help us navigate it by his wisdom & Spirit in us. He is aware and interested about our sexual needs . I love this quote by Philip Yancey – “When I experience desire, I need not flinch in guilt, as if something unnatural has happened. Rather, I should follow the desire to its source, to learn God’s original intent.” So, sexual desire is nothing to be ashamed about and it has a good purpose.
God gave us sexual desire for the purpose of love & intimacy with one another but it’s also a shadow that points to the greater story of Christ & the Church. “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:31-32 KJV) .
When sex is put in the right perspective as God designed, then we can truly begin to enjoy it as He intended; not tainted with shades of lust but navigated as an act of Love.
Rev. 21: 2-3 (MSG) : “I saw Holy Jerusalem, new-created, descending resplendent out of Heaven, as ready for God as a bride for her husband.
I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God.”
Another thing we need to understand is this-sex is temporal. Understanding this will help us honor it as the gift it is whilst looking ahead to a greater hope & satisfaction that only God can give. Simply put, “Sex is good but it’s not ultimate.” – Pst. Paul Cartex
Thank you for reading, we’ll be talking more about pursuing sexual integrity and God’s design on the next blog post. I look forward to sharing and I hope this blessed your heart.
We are free indeed✨🌟