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In case you haven't noticed, sex is big business. It sells cars, clothing, food, furniture, jewelry, music, pharmaceuticals, and just about every other comsumer-oriented product you can think of. It immediately grabs our attention because we are sexual beings. God created us with hormones and sexual desires. There is nothing evil about sex! But like everything else, the Devil has figured out a way to prevert and cheapen it--to make it so ordinary, kinky or casual that it misses its intended purpose.

Sex was originally given by God as a means for populating the earth and drawing committed partners (husbands and wives) into deeper, more intimate relations. Hollywood's version of love includes adulterous encounters, one-night stands, sex with multiple partners, recreational sex, and a host of other expressions that leave participants individually broken and lonely. Not everyone who engages in these will tell you they are lonely or sad, but if they only knew the joy they were missing by failing to experience sex God's way, they would probably be heartbroken.

In our media-driven world it is easy to lose sight of God's way. And it is especially easy for people to use sex as a way to keep from being lonely. How can you argue with something that often works?

Can you trust God?

The Apostle Paul says, "There's more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, 'The two become one.' Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever--the kind of sex that can never 'become one' " (1 Corinthians 6:16-17).

You may be tempted to embrace our culture's view of sexuality--to find warmth, intimacy and companionship by whatever means. But God's all-knowing wisdom and compassion cautions you to be careful.

"Don't you realize that this is not the way to live? Unjust people who don't care about God will not be joining in his kingdom. Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it, don't qualify as citizens in God's kingdom" (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). 

The reason it is so important that we get it right with sex is that true sex illustrates the close spiritual bond that God wants to have with His people--those who will spend eternity in Heaven!

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By Rich DuBose. Copyright © 2014 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE ®.

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