When I came to know Jesus and what he did for me on the cross—even though I was a complete mess—I was astonished. Part two of that interchange was me realizing that I was not only created by God, but I’m also very intimately known by him. And that was not something I had to earn—it was freely given to me.
Not until that truth was deep in my heart was I able to understand the true meaning of a godly marriage and how to step into all God had for me and my husband. Stepping into 3-dimensional sex means stepping into a vulnerable place, where both husband and wife can rest in the fact that they are known and accepted by each other, just the way they are. Only then are they free to have the intimacy that God intended for their marriage. Lead Pastor Ben Snyder explained this, using a great example from Genesis.
Genesis 4:1 (ESV)
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.”
Of all the words that could have been used, “knew” was chosen to describe sex. The Hebrew word is “yada,” and it was chosen because sex is more than physical. Yada means to know, to be known, and to be deeply respected. This week’s bottom line sums it up: Yada makes you better in bed.
If you are going to be better in bed … learn to yada one another. God wants this for you and your marriage.
If you are married, do you feel known and respected by your spouse? If not, do you feel known by God?
If you’re single, based on this content, what are you looking for in a spouse? Who do you need to become to be ready for this person?
If this talk has made you realize you and your spouse need help getting back to God’s design for sex, please consider these resources:
- Opt in to the Text Campaign. We’re offering 3 weeks of fun content to help couples be better together. Text BETTER to 419-419-0707.
- Join a Group. This is the primary way we see people grow and take next steps. The app has the directory right at your fingertips to help you see the Groups available.
- Attend the February 2022 Marriage Event. We are opening up registration during this series. To begin registration, simply text MARRIAGE to 419.419.0707.
If you are single, share with a trusted friend who loves Jesus what you are looking for in a spouse. Then pray together about being ready when he/she shows up in front of you. Also, consider joining a Group. A Group can help connect you with clothes who can support you on your journey.
Dear Lord, we are so sorry that the world has taken your beautiful gift of sex and made it into something far, far from what you intended. Please forgive us and open the eyes of your sons and daughters to truly start experiencing this wonderful gift in the way you intended. Amen.
This post was written by April Willer, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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