The Master Plan - Part 3

OPENING PRAYER: 

Father, you are so good to me. I pray that as I read your Word you would reveal new things to my heart and allow me to focus on what you have to say.

 

READ: 1 Corinthians 7:4, NIV

 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife.

 

REFLECT: 

I am just going to say it, okay? God created sex. And no, he didn’t just throw it into the mix of this world for a little pleasure here and there. He has intentions and guidelines for his creation. He knows that sex is the powerful, intimate, and fulfilling glue that holds a marriage together. Wherever you are, whether you’ve been married for a short time or a long time, God has a plan for your sex life.  And he created marriage as the relationship to fulfill this plan.    As this verse clearly states, the goal is to give mutual submission.  And we can only get to that place by wholeheartedly serving one another. Like Paul said to husbands and wives in the Corinthian church, we are not meant to withhold our bodies from one another. God wants us to think of the other person before our self. When we enter into marriage as believers, we give ourselves over to one another. We become one flesh. No longer can we claim rights to our own body or sole authority over it. We submit to one another, humbly and in love. This kind of selfless attitude is the same kind that Jesus demonstrated for us on the cross and it applies to all areas of life.  God wants us to experience what he created as the pinnacle of what it can be. He wants the best for us, but it will take selflessness and humility to get there.

 

APPLY: 

Wherever you are in your sexual journey, jot down one thing you can do to honor God as you work harder to serve your spouse.

 

CLOSING PRAYER: 

Lord, thank you for creating sex. You have thoughtful plans for everything you have made, and I acknowledge that. Please help me to honor those plans.

Terry Schneider