Monday, July 21, 2014

Protecting Your Marriage from Sexual Fallout

The need for purity never stops.  As a boy I memorized the Royal Ambassador Pledge, which includes the following line: To keep myself clean and healthy in mind and body.  Today our culture throws unwholesome and unclean smut at us habitually.  With the advent of the internet and the explosion of the online pornography business, the availability of temptations abound for men like never before. 

Years ago I heard a forty-something Christian say that a college student asked him ‘Once you reach age forty and you are happily married, does the temptation to lust stop?’ 

The older man replied, ‘Son, I did not know what the temptation to lust was until I was forty.”

Sadly, many men who started out well commit habitual sexual sins in their forties and fifties.  In the Bible, King David’s affair with Bathsheba occurred when he was about fifty years old.  As men, we can never get lazy on personal purity.  Every day we can offer our bodies, including our eyes and ears, to the Lord to be used as instruments of righteousness leading to holiness (Romans 6:19).  Remember the wife of your youth: may her breasts satisfy you always and may you be captivated by her love (Proverbs 5:19).  Women, that means that he needs you in order for him to stay satisfied and captivated.
Marriage is worth protecting.  God's Word says, "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed be kept pure" (Hebrews 13:4).


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