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Sound of Silence
The Church's silence about sex has caused some people, maybe even you, to think that it was somehow shameful and it led you to find some really unreliable and destructive answers from other sources. So much dysfunction has come from not understanding what God designed sex to be - this gift of mutuality. We read in 1 Corinthians 7:3-5 that: “The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” And so, if you've been discipled on this topic by our culture and society instead of viewing sex to be a gift of mutuality, it can cause a combination of resentment and bitterness in your heart. Marriage is not a place to stand up for your rights; marriage is a decision to serve the other in all aspects of life. The way the Church has historically talked around sex and sexuality has built up some walls around many of your hearts. But Jesus came to give us freedom and healing. He came to declare truth that would set us free and give us grace to pick us back up, and we want to be a community that is full of compassion without compromise.