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These days the gift of sex is seen as cheap:
One of many pleasures to be indulged
Utterly free of commitment deep.
Shocking truth is only later divulged:
Each episode builds a bond – unheeded –
And though used as a toilet paper roll,
Neglected, unnoticed until needed,
Dumbed-down sex leaves deep scars on the soul.
Fragile hearts pretend love while depleted
Of true love and joy despite strong pursuit.
Real pleasure comes through holiness unswerved:
God made sex as a wedding present and deeded
Exceptional sweet joy joined to this truth
The diligently holy can deserve.

by Gwennon
January 9, 2015

Of course, the gift itself should be savored privately.
Privacy is what preserves the sanctity of the gift.
Evidence, however, of just how sweet a well-stewarded marriage gift can be
may be seen in a couple of television families that have 19 kids each.
In those families, you just don’t see
the wretched ravages of out-of-control sexual appetites.
– Coincidence? In a special creation world?
You must be kidding!

In our family, we call sex “God’s Wedding Present”.  Of course, you can open gifts before the right time without seeming (maybe even for years) to have any real consequences.  But what if you open it prematurely and then it gets broken?  My favorite aunt used to always tell me, “If you are a virgin, and your friends who are no longer virgins themselves deride you about it, this reply will stop them short any time:  I CAN CHANGE MY STATUS IN ABOUT FIVE MINUTES ANY TIME i WANT.  — CAN YOU SAY THE SAME?”  Well, needless to say (even though I am saying it anyway), that got my attention.

Thanks to my college roommate, I now have in my possession a book called Every Young Woman’s Battle: Guarding Your Mind, Heart, and Body In a Sex-Saturated World by Shannon Etheridge and Stephen Arterburn. It has been very eye-opening on a couple of levels: first of all to see where certain actions lead; but secondly (and this may be more relevant to most of us than we care to admit to anyone but Jesus) how God’s grace covers things we can’t go back and change. For the men, Mr. Arterburn and Fred Stoeker wrote Every Man’s Battle and another book called Every Young Man’s Battle. Worth prayerfully considering.

Here to remind you that Jesus loves you where you are, and that He can rescue you from anything that has held you captive,

Gwennon

P.S. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You are in my thankful prayers.

Romans 8:1 King James Version

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Gwennon’s paraphrase:

“There is no condemnation for those who belong to King Jesus, those Christ-followers who are not led by their appetites, but instead are being led by God’s Holy Spirit.”

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