Jesus' View of Sex
If you want to see the highest respect for human sexuality and marriage, read it in the words and actions of Jesus. He says "What God joins together sexually, be careful not to rip apart." Jesus announced this warning in the face of easy divorce in his teaching recorded in Matthew 19 ( and in Mark 10).
He restates the Genesis 2 picture of a one man and one woman forming one flesh unity, and suggests that the only alternative to this kind of sexual intimacy is holy celibacy: being single for the glory of God and the service of God's purposes in the world. It is clear that to be single and sexually unattached is an expression of high human responsibility and high respect for humans everywhere.
Jesus teaches responsible "looking" at the famous "lust" teaching in Matthew 5. We are to sanctify our sexual imagination and to be careful not to fantasize sexual intimacy with in-appropriate people. This high target, which keeps all of us focused on our own lifelong intimacy covenant, meaning looking ahead towards marriage when we are young and looking back to reconstruct a lifelong fidelity for the rest of our lives. This sex positive focusing of sexual imagination and energy is an invitation to clear and exclusive thinking as the highest respect we can show for everyone, No one has a higher, more positive view of sex than Jesus.
Author Professor Donald M Joy, Asbury Theological Seminary (Author of 10 christian books)
Source The NIV Men's Devotional Bible, Page 1068.
Related Bible Verses (from NIV Bible)
Genesis chapter 2 v 24
"For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh."
Matthew chapter 5 v 28
"But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
Mark chapter 10 v 9
"Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
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