"My new bride had become exasperated because of my performance anxiety. Now I'm free to focus on Jesus and our intimacy throughh Him." S.C. (Husband)
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THE JEWISH TRADITION:
In the Jewish tradition, there is a saying that the Shekinah glory of God hovers over the marriage bed when a husband and wife sexually unite. The Shekinah glory represents the presence of God. It is His indescribable beauty, bright light, or radiance. It is a taste of heaven here on earth.
THE "SHEKINAH GLORY" THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE:
Many places in scripture discuss the Shekinah glory. For example,
THE SHEKINAH GLORY IN THE NEW COVENANT:
In the New Testament, Paul tells us the glory of Moses' face faded away, but all believers because of Christ's death and resurrection now behold the glory of the Lord continuously (2 Corinthians 3:18). We no longer have to work to merit His favor. Because of Jesus' death and resurrection, those who believe in Him have received the Holy Spirit and now the Shekinah Glory of God lives in them continuously, and will never be separated from them (Romans 8:39).
"ONENESS" IN A CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE:When a Christian husband and wife make love the Shekinah glory does not just hover over them any longer, the Holy Spirit actually gets into bed with them in the bodily form of their partner. As image bearers of God a Christian man and woman bring the Lord into bed with them, whether they are cognitively aware of His presence or not. There is nothing as intimate and spiritual as becoming one spiritually, physically and emotionally with our mate.
If we understand that the Lord had to shield man from His glory because they would be consumed by it (Exodus 19:21, 24:17), then we will understand the glory and sacredness of Christian married love. Perhaps our society likes to reduce sex to a physical act because we are uncomfortable with the spiritual aspect of beholding the Shekinah glory of the Creator of the universe in lovemaking.
OUR BODIES - THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:
Finally, I would like to stress the sacredness of sex within a Christian marriage between one man and one woman. There is nothing as delicate or holy as a body of a woman (her female hormones are intricately balanced and she brings new life into the world). There is a parallel between the Old Testament temple and the sacred body of a woman.
THE COMPLETED IMAGE OF GOD IN A CHRISTIAN MARITAL UNION:
It was not an accident that the Lord created a man and woman's sexual organs to compliment one another. When a man cultivates a relationship with his wife that moves toward her by serving and cherishing her she can then receive him in a trusting, open manner. This is the essence of their masculine and feminine souls when male and female come together to bring the completed image of God in sexual union.
THE WORLD'S VIEW OF SEX DIFFERS FROM A CHRISTIAN VIEW:
This is the beauty of Christian married love, and unfortunately it is also the area where our society has misused sex for physical gratification outside the bonds of marriage. Many men and women today hurt deeply when a sexual relationship is broken; a part of their heart has been ripped away with every sexual encounter outside the covenant of marriage. Our society encourages having sex before marriage, but when it breaks apart it's uncool to grieve. "A man shall leave his mother and father and the two shall become one." Another term for becoming one is sticking like glue. You cannot rip apart something that has been glued without causing some damage. This is why the Lord says, "Let no man put asunder what God has joined together."
OUR PRAYER FOR YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE (OR IF SINGLE, YOU AND YOUR FUTURE ADAM OR EVE):
Our prayer is that you will be open to what the Lord is doing in you as you meet with us. Allow the Holy Spirit to show you any wounded areas in how you view sex. He desires to bring healing to those areas so that your marriage can glorify Him spiritually, emotionally and physically. Only then will you both experience the kind of sexual intimacy that many Christians have beheld; sensual transcendent moments of ecstasy where we glimpse the beauty of God.
"We never had sex in 10 years of marriage because of sexual trauma and now we look forward to our intimate times." C&L (Husband & Wife)
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