Bible Verse: “Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!” Deuteronomy 5:29
Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:27-28
We’re all sexually broken, and our culture’s message about sex is damaging. But there’s still good news. God has a lot to say about sex. For instance:
Sex is Good
God is pro-sex. We were created to have lots of sex before the fall (Genesis 1:27-28), and God deemed it “very good” (Genesis 1:31). In fact, God’s very first command was, “Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28). God invented sex! One whole book of the Bible — the Song of Solomon — is a celebration of sexual intimacy. Proverbs commands men to be sexually intoxicated with their wives (Proverbs 5:19). One commentator (Ray Ortlund) observes, “The Bible is saying, ‘When you get married, drop your inhibitions, and go for it in both quality and quantity.’ That is a command of God.”
Don’t ever think the Bible is anti-sex. God invented sex. It’s a gift that he gave us. Sex is good.
God’s Sexual Guidance Is for Our Good
Any “dos and don’ts” are for our good. God doesn’t give them to withhold something from us, but so that we can flourish.
Deuteronomy 5:29 says, “Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever!” God gives us his commands for our good.
One example. A Dartmouth economist found that the happiness-maximizing number of sexual partners in the previous year is calculated to be one, and that married people have more sex than those who are single, divorced, widowed or separated. One observer says:
Stable marriage correlates with a range of mental and physical health benefits, but for women in particular, increasing our number of sexual partners is actually correlated with negative psychological effects including increased depression, increased suicidal ideation, and increased substance abuse. This is no disparagement of sex itself or female sexuality, quite the opposite.
God’s design is for our good.
— Darryl Dash, founding pastor of Liberty Grace Church in Toronto, ON