Sex Week: One Flesh

“Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, ‘The two will become one flesh.’ ” (1 Corinthians 6:16)

The Bible seems to teach that when two people have sex, some kind of significant connection is formed, that it’s more than just a physical, biological act. To make that point, Paul quotes from all the way back at the beginning of the Bible in Genesis 2:24: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”

sweek_350Jesus quoted the same passage when he was teaching about divorce in Mark 10: “So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

God made sex – something I’m really glad he did. But he intended for it to be a physical connection uniting two married people in a way that you do not connect with anyone else. Sex is supposed to be a kind of super glue for marriage. When we “become one” with a prostitute (or anyone else we’re not married to), we’re missing the point of both sex and marriage – and the negative consequences from that can be painful and long-lasting.

Think: What would you say are some of the negative consequences of using sexuality outside of marriage? How does that lessen the positive impact of both sex and marriage?

Pray: Ask God to help you to understand his intentions for both sex and marriage – and to follow them.

Do: Read what Jesus says about marriage, divorce, and sex in Mark 10:1-12.