Bible Verse: “Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares? Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers. May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.” Proverbs 5:15-18
Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:27-28
This week we’ve followed author Darryl Dash through his five-part series, Redeeming Sex, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
He’s outlined how, if we’re human, we need to start with God’s grace when it comes to sex.
“We are all sexually broken in one way or another,” Dash explains.
A big part of moving towards redeeming our sexuality is being aware of our culture’s damaging message about sex and combating it with the good news that God has always had a better plan for sexuality.
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.
So how do we move forward? Dash says to give thanks to God for sex, to see it as one of his generous gifts, and to refuse to cheapen it by misusing it. We begin to treasure sex. We begin to thank God for his generous gift. Our sexuality becomes holy.
Sex is a gift from God. Your sex life can actually be an act of worship to God, a subject of thanksgiving and life. That’s the Christian vision of sex: your sexuality as a means of glorifying God and enjoying his good gift.
Canadian pastor Mark Clark writes, “Instead of keeping people away from God, sex should draw us all closer to him. And that, in the end, may be the most radical idea of all.”
Ask God to help you avoid sexual immorality so that your sex life becomes a way to glorify him.
— Darryl Dash, founding pastor of Liberty Grace Church in Toronto, ON