I was reading Romans 1.24… “Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.”
This verse really caught my attention. I often think in contrasts. I thought if the sinful desires of the heart lead to sexual impurity to the degrading of the bodies, then holy desires can lead to sexual purity which leads to the upgrading of our bodies and the upgrading of our marriages.
As I looked up the word “degrading”…it means
Degrading vs. Upgrading
Humiliating vs. Honoring
Demeaning vs. Meaningful
Shameful vs. Without shame
Mortifying vs. Life giving
Undignified vs. Dignified
Inglorious vs. Glorious
Wretched/Unhappy/Broken vs. Fulfilled/Happy/Whole Hearted
Self satisfying vs. Other satisfying
Isolation vs. Intimacy
When you think of pornography, while it may have some momentary satisfaction to the flesh, it really leads to the degrading of our bodies. In contrast, when you think of sex within the beauty of a God given, monogamous relationship, it is indeed honoring, meaningful, glorious, fulfilling and very intimate.
May we work really hard in the power of the Holy Spirit to have our holy desires lead to sexual purity to lead us in upgrading our marriages. Enjoy this great gift from a loving and creative God,