Monday, August 30, 2010

Dare 32

" The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewaise also the wife to her husband." 1 Corinthians 7:3
So this is awkward to blog about...but I told you in the beginning I would share with you each dare. This is the parental advisory: Material may be unsuitable for children you do not wish to tell about the birds and the bees yet:)
Dare 32 is about fulfilling the sexual desires of your mate. It is written out beautifully, explaining that I am designated for Zane, and he for me. We are the only ones with the God-given right to fulfill that desire in each other. Many people see the Bible as a book filled with the dos and don'ts of sex. That isn't true! There is a whole book (Song of Solomon) written as a love story. The only restrictions God gives us is in order to make the marriage bed all the more wonderful! Kendrick highlights that point, saying even the Bible's "boundaries and restrictions are God's ways of keeping our sexual experiences at a level far beyond any of those advertised on television or in the movies."
In a Christian marriage, romance (and all that entails) should thrive and flourish. "After all, it was created by God. It's all part of celebrating what God has given, becoming one with your mate while simultaneously pursuing purity and holiness. He delights in us when this happens" (Kendrick). Did you grasp that? God delights in a husband and wife loving one another, celebrating their oneness, while keeping the marriage bed pure and pursuing holiness! Far too often in marriage though, one or both people use sex as a bargaining chip...or maybe sex isn't used at all. "If you let your mate know--by words, actions, or inactions--that sex needn't be any more than you want it to be, you rob from them a sense of honor and endearment that has been set in place by biblical mandate" (Kendrick). Know that God's plan in your marriage is for you to love each other. 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.
And if that is not will also have the opportunity to "glorify God in your body!" (1 Corinthians 6:20) How beautiful!!!
Dare 32: Initiate sex with your husband or wife today, in a way that honors your spouse. Ask God to make this enjoyable for both of you as well as a path to greater intimacy. (And I will refrain from talking any more about this...!)
Dare 31: Spouse=Top priority of earthly relationships.
Dare 30: Be unified.
Dare 29: Express your love.
Dare 28: Sacrifice.
(For previous dares, refer to earlier entries.)

--Inspired by "The Love Dare"

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