"Love Is Faithful"
"But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself."
Truths about sex in marriage:
. . . the Bible has a great deal to say about sex and the blessing it can be for both husband and wife. In Christian marriage, romance is meant to thrive and flourish. After all, it was created by God. The Song of Solomon, for example, ... is actually a beautiful love story. It describes sexual acts between a husband and wife in poetic detail, showing how each one responds to the other. It expresses how honesty and understanding in sexual matters lead to a life of confident love together.
In the act of romance, we join our hearts to each other in an expression of love that no other form of communication can match. That's why "the marriage bed is to be undefiled" (Hebrews 13:4). We are not to share this same experience with anyone else.
All the things this 40 day journey entails which is patience, kindness, selflessness, thoughtfulness, protection, honor, forgiveness - will play a role in renewing your sexual intimacy. When the love of Christ is the foundation of your marriage, the strength of your friendship and sexual relationship can be enjoyed at a level this world can never know.
Express to your wife, either in writing or speaking, how you miss the romantic part of your marriage - and, because of your love and commitment, you will be faithful.
Here is a commitment ceremony to be accomplished before your wife. These words are to be memorized and said to your wife as you are holding her hands:
"Believing that God, in His wisdom and providence, has established marriage as a covenant relationship, a sacred and lifelong promise, reflecting my unconditional love for you . . . and believing that God intends for our marriage covenant to reflect His promise to never leave us nor forsake us. I commit my life to be faithful to you during any, and all challenges I face daily in our marriage and beyond ... to seek God's help in order to finish strong, standing firm on the vows that I made on our wedding day, and on the Word of God which gives me the blueprint for this commitment. - In Jesus' name - I lay my life down for you."
You have 8 days left for the ending of this journey - make this commitment to your wife during these last few days of your journey.
"Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)
"The Purpose Of Life "
God created mankind primarily because He desired to have a family. In order to truly fellowship with God, man had to have freedom of choice. Unfortunately, man used his freedom to rebel against God and fell from fellowship with God.
When man fell he came under the dominion of the devil, because he followed the devil's suggestion to disobey God. With this came spiritual death and a new nature which was selfish. Man became self-centered -- actually worshiping himself by making every decision based on what was best for him. The result of this selfishness is evident all around us: horrible misery and suffering.
God is just and obeys His own laws. Justice requires that rebellion be punished. To be just, yet allow mankind to come back into fellowship with Him, God Himself came to earth as the man Jesus Christ. He suffered a horrible death as the substitute for all mankind, taking the punishment we deserved for our sins. Because of what Jesus did, God could justly forgive all sin, and open a way for all people to come back into fellowship with God.
Jesus Christ Himself is the only way to God. Only by receiving Jesus can we enjoy the benefits of His sacrifice, which sets us free from sin and its judgment.
Our life on earth now is testing and preparation for eternity, to determine our place in God's family. This is not determined by human beauty or achievement, but by our willingness to submit to the lordship of Jesus Christ. When we submit to Jesus, He begins changing us into what He wants us to be.
When you come to Jesus, He changes you inwardly. As you continue following Jesus and obeying His Word, your inward change will continue manifesting outwardly, causing people and circumstances around you to change also. God will continue working in and through you until you become like Jesus Christ in your thoughts and actions, as well as your nature.
Scripture For Today: Philippians 3:12-14 ... Paul admonishes believers to rejoice in the Lord, despite their circumstances. How do his words encourage you? When do you find it most difficult to rejoice?