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What the Bible says about sex and marriage

Hebrews 13:4

It is right and good for men and women to marry. It is wrong and evil for them to carry out sex acts that are against Godís law.

Marriage is something that God himself has established (Genesis 2:21-24). It is not merely a law that governments have made. Its origin is not merely human. God did it for a purpose. He wanted to provide a companion for the man he had created (Genesis 2:18). Then, they could look after each other and, together, they could bring up their children well (Colossians 3:18-20; Proverbs 6:20).

But it is possible to use something that God has provided in a wrong manner. It is possible for us to use our bodies to satisfy our own evil desires (1 Corinthians 6:12-16). Such behaviour is foolish and dangerous (Proverbs 6:23-35).

However, God is very kind. He desires to forgive even people who have done many wrong and evil deeds (Luke 7:36-50).

Jesus died to suffer the punishment that all people deserve (Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:28). We should confess our evil deeds to God. He forgives us when we invite him into our lives.

Not everybody has the opportunity to marry. Paul was not married, but most of the first Christian leaders were married (1 Corinthians 9:5). And not every marriage is a good marriage. In a good marriage, the husband and wife have chosen to love each other. They look after each other carefully: because they have given themselves to each other completely. That relationship helps us to understand the relationship between God and his people, or between Christ and Christians. See Ephesians 5:22-33 and the Song of Solomon.

Next part: Trust God, not your money (Hebrews 13:5)


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