The Holiness of Marriage

Jewish Bride ~Rembrandt~

“Like every other good gift which comes down from the Father of Lights, the gift of sexual activity is meant to be used as He intended, within the clearly defined limits of His purpose which is marriage. If Marriage is not included in God’s will for an individual, then sexual activity is not included either. “What am I supposed to do, then, with all this? I’ve got so much to give – what if nobody takes it?”
Give it to God.
“You cannot say that our physical body was made for sexual promiscuity; it was made for God and God is the answer to our deepest longings” 1 Cor 6:13
To offer my body to the Lord as a living sacrifice includes offering to Him my sexuality and all that that entails, even my unfulfilled longings.
Today this advice will be laughed out of court by most. Sexual control is regarded as a “hang-up” from which the truly mature have been liberated. There are those still, however, as there have been in every age, who hold as holy the intimate relationship between a man and a woman, recognizing in it a type of Christ’s love for His own bride, His church. As such it is not to be profaned.
This attitude can be held only by the mind’s being captive to Christ. It is a miracle of grace. Let us not imagine it is anything less. “- Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline the Glad Surrender


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