Fulfillment in marriage!by
fulfilling, and satisfying sex is a very important issue in a marriage
relationship. When couples get married, sex is one of the major features
that they look forward to enjoying together. But sex is also an area
of marriage that can cause confusion, misunderstanding, and frustration
for couples who don't realize its importance from a Biblical perspective.
birds and the bees
find sexual fulfilment in our marriages, we must first understand
God's design for sex. We were created by God as sexual beings.
Our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made according to Psalm 139:14.
Part of the physical creation that God gave to us is the gift of sex.
There are some people who may think that God tolerates sex just for
the purpose of procreation, but that He doesn't expect us to enjoy
it. That statement couldn't be farther from the truth. The wonderful
pleasure that comes from sex is no mistake; God intended married couples
to enjoy sex to its fullest. Although it's true that God intends
us to enjoy one another sexually, there are certain parameters that
we cannot ignore. The Bible states that sex outside of marriage is
wrong. God intended for sex to be shared within a committed, God-centred
relationship between a man and a woman. Anything apart from that is
sin. Today, we hear many voices that say these Biblical standards
are outdated and obsolete. People claim to have found freedom from
the shackles of sexualrestraints by adopting an "anything goes"
lifestyle and attitude related to sex.
how has this liberated attitude toward sex affected our society? Its
proponents believe they have found freedom and satisfaction without
consequence. But the consequences are very real, and the statistics
are staggering. Today, an estimated one in five Americans is infected
with a viral sexually transmitted disease. There are 900,000 new cases
of HIV diagnosed every year in the U.S. Unwanted pregnancies result
in 1.3 million abortions each year in America. Turning our backs on
God's design for sex has produced a literal nightmare of disease
and even death. God has given us sexual boundaries for our pleasure
and also for our protection. When you purchase a new car, you are
given an instruction manual from the manufacturer. The instruction
manual gives guidelines on how to properly operate your new car so
that you will gain the most satisfaction from it. Life also comes
with an instruction manual ? the Bible. If we choose not to abide
by the instructionsthat are given us in God's Word, then we cannot
place blame on God when problems result.
river of pleasure
only place to find fulfilment in sex is within a relationship that
is based on intimacy and trust. When you give yourself sexually to
another person, it's important to know that this person is someone
you can trust. That kind of trust is found only within the Biblical
standard of a committed marriage relationship. In our world today,
there are many who indulge in one-night stands and short-lived "flings."
A sexual partner may say he or she is committed to you today, but
tomorrow may be gone. Some people hold the belief that sex with one
partner is boring and unsatisfying. Actually, the opposite is true.
Research indicates that longevity of relationship
usually improves a couple's sexual satisfaction. In an article
for Parade magazine (March 1994), Dr. Georgia Witkin, assistant professor
of psychiatry and reproductive sciences at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
in New York City, dispels the myth that
a long-term sexual relationship breeds discontent. She states, "Most
long-term couples do not suffer from sexual boredom," adding
that, "When it comes to sex, familiarity breeds contentment rather
than boredom." God's wonderful plan for sex in marriage brings
fulfilment with no risk of disease and the accompanying heartache.
When a couple is practicing monogamous, heterosexual sex, disease
is not even an issue. Sex outside of marriage is like drinking from
a stagnant pond in which reside all types of fungus and bacteria.
The next drink may bring you disease and even death. But sex within
marriage is like taking a deep, refreshing drink from a pure, sparkling
clean river that never runs dry.
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