Sexuality and Christian Hope
Some consider sex as an appetite, similar to our urge for food (1 Corinthians 6:13). Some consider sex as something dirty that should be avoided (1 Corinthians 7:1).
For Christians, sex was created by God and considered as very good by Him. The two become one flesh (1 Corinthians 6:16) and are united physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
It is good to be married. Traditional culture emphasizes family. In the olden days, women were considered nobody if they were single. Nowadays, many believe that death ends everything. So, life on earth is of much higher importance, and it is paramount to find one’s true love.
The Bible also teaches us that we are designed to be married (Genesis 2:18). But, for Christians, it is good to be single also (1 Corinthians 7:27-28).
We are imperfect. Imperfect couples will face many conflicts. As discussed in Ephesians 5 and 1 Corinthians 7:28, marriage is a long and hard journey. Both husband and wife need to give up their independence. And both should try to help the other to be better. Thus, marriage does not automatically lead to “happily ever after.”
Don’t be too desperate for romance or too eager to change status. Whether we are single or married, focus on God. For the single, try to find a spouse with the same focus. If we are happily married, don’t make the other side our idol. Instead, make God our one true love. For the unhappily married, again center on God.
The world in the present form is passing away (1 Corinthians 7:29-31). Don’t be too attached to it. Only God can truly satisfy us. With His water, we will never thirst. Tie our hope to our future ultimate family. Tie our hope to God.
Summarized from a Tim Keller’s sermon:
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