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Sex According to God
Song of Solomon 8:5-14
We have a number of couples in our congregation who has celebrated fifty or more years in marriage. We are exceedingly proud of these couples. It is special to have a 50th wedding anniversary.
I heard about a couple and the wife said to the husband, "This is our 50th wedding anniversary. Do you think I ought to kill a chicken tonight?" He said, "No, I don't think we ought to blame a bird for something that happened 50 years ago."
I hope you don't feel that way about it. Maybe you have heard Randy Travis sing that song, "I'm going to love you forever, amen." That is the sentiment of those of you who have celebrated 50 years of marriage. It is also the sentiment of what we find in the Bible. When the Bible talks about love, marriage, and sex, it talks in terms of a forever, amen kind of love.
The Song of Solomon is the story of the love of Solomon and his beautiful bride, the Shulamite. It is the courtship, the wedding, and the marriage of them.
We see, in this beautiful love story, God's intention. God's intention is that there be one man for one woman for one lifetime and that it be a "till death do us part" kind of love. A "forever, amen" kind of love!
We are aware that we are living in a culture where this is less and less of this reality. Four out of every ten children born in the 70s grew up in a single family home. The question now, among teenagers and those younger, is not what does your dad do, but are your parents still together? Many people marry for better or for worse, but not for long. God intends that our marriage and our love be a "forever, amen" kind of love.
There are some of you here whose marriage didn't work out. I don't want you to feel bad about this message because I want to remind you that I John 1, verse 9, says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
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