“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands” (Psalm 119: 9,10 NIV).
Hebrews 13:4 says the marriage bed should be kept pure. Pure means “wholesome and clean.” These few words say so much.
The first thing that impresses me is the fact that the marriage bed is pure. Sex within marriage is God’s plan. There is nothing wrong or sinful about it. Sex within marriage is God’s very special gift to you.
Secondly, to keep sex pure, we must decide to be exclusive. Sex is only to be enjoyed with one person—your lawful husband.
We must keep our minds pure as well. I stay away from romantic novels that are too explicit. I don’t go to movies that show sexual details. I have friends who tell me they must stay away from certain Internet sites.
When I think of the sexual relationship in marriage, I compare it to a gift wrapped in spotless white paper with silver ribbons. If someone drops this gift in a mud puddle, it is no longer beautiful—instead it becomes an object of disgust.
Sex within marriage is beautiful. Sex outside of marriage becomes less than pure, less than perfect; it is sin.
Keep your sex life beautiful and free from regrets. Keep your relationship exclusive and keep your mind clean.
Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.
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