For Husband and Wife ( Day 12 of 18 )
JUST SHARING (from the “Couple’s Devotional Bible”)
This article’s author: Tim Stafford
Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 6:18
“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.”
God’s rule against adultery guarantees that two people who are drawn together to become “one flesh” should have no sexual competition or interference. The rule is like a fence, keeping the enemies of love outside, and so allowing the freedom to “make love” within its protective boundaries.
So partners ask, even if silently, for guarantees: “You will never leave me, will you? There cannot be someone else?” Marriage, you might say, is an instinctive institution.
Exclusivity and permanence are reflexes of love.
• What led you to commit yourself in marriage to your spouse?
• What attitudes and actions should you avoid because they would threaten the exclusivity and permanence of your marriage?
Additional Scripture Readings: Genesis 2:24; Matthew 5:27; Luke 16:18