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Be fruitful and multiply.  When God gave the commandment to mankind, it must have been heard with an air of mystery.  What was it to be fruitful and multiply.  The first inhabitants in the Garden of Eden found themselves alone, unclothed, unashamed, and innocent.  And at some point, as they sampled all that the Lord had given to them in the garden, they discovered the joy of human sexuality.

The joyous command:  Be fruitful and multiply.  A command intended for for the enjoyment of a man and a woman who have entered into a covenant of marriage.  

A command which we have made a point of breaking.  And a broken command for which we pay massive consequences.

When sexuality is taken outside of the marriage commitment, we find sexually transmitted disease.  We find broken promises and people who use others for their own gratification.  And we find children being raised without the example of a man and a woman, both as individuals and as a couple.

In short, we find brokenness.  So what do we do?  Well, for some, there is the pursuit of sexual pleasure to medicate the absence of what is really needed in our lives.  For what we really need is love.  Not a one-night-stand kind of love.  That is what one might call desire, but it is certainly not love.  Not the move in and try thigns out kind of love.  That is what one might call an arrangement, but it is certainly not love.

One of the characteristics of love is that it always protects.  There is safety in the relationship where two individuals covenant together to work through difficulties and differences (which, by the way, you will find in every relationship) in an atmosphere of love and mutual respect, each sacrificing self in the interest of building the two-into-one.  It is this character of relationship that is being eroded - even lost - in our present day and age where some officers, even some clergy, have watered down the even the marriage covenant, turning 'Till Death Do Us Part' into 'As Long As Your Love Shall Last' in anticipation that the relationship will run a course leading to its annulment.

How sad.  And in the meantime we practice sex as purely physical act, and wonder why we can't find fulfillment.  Let me suggest this:  Human sexuality as a stand alone practice was never intended to bring lasting fulfillment to a relationship.  Fulfillment is found where there is commitment, safety, fidelity, honor, and Godly love between a man and a woman.  Where these are present, healthy sexual expression will result.  But in our marriage relationships, sexuality is not a means to an end.  In fact, I would go as far as to say that if you want to enjoy the very best of sex, don't start with a manual from the local bookstore.

Rather, start with a ring.  Wait for a wedding.  And on the night of your marriage, begin a journey of physical intimacy that grows as the two of you grow in intimacy in every area of your relationship.

Jesus said that the commands of the Lord are not burdensome.  Husbands and wives:  Be fruitful and multiply.  And give God the glory for this special gift that he has given to the two of you to share together. 

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