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Daniel Wallace's philosophical, psychological, theological/biblical treatise on love and sex/sexuality is a "must" to read. I'm glad that someone has finally tried to put together a holistic view on love and sex and its signifciance in strengthening the committted relationship between two individuals.

Sometimes Christians when talking about sex (and other issues) merely quote scripture to support their arguments without taking into consideration
the psychological aspects of our humanity. As human beings, we are all these in one: physical, intellectual/cognitive, socio-emotional, moral, spiritual.

It's when we separate or dichotomize our nature that we end up having problems with our own selves just as when we separate ourselves or out of synch in our relationship with God.

A beautiful sexual relationship between two committed people strengthens the emotional bond and brings about spiritual unity. Indeed this is symbolized by the triangle with Christ at its apex as diagrammed by Daniel in his concluding paragpraph.

This was exactly the kind of marriage that I had with the beauty and splendor of sex, emotionally strong, spiritually grounded/rooted though unfortunately it only lasted seven years, but I can proudly say to this day ----they were the most beautiful years of my life!!!

Mark 7:20-23

He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Today’s readings and Mike’s links all point the same direction, the need to humble ourselves before God and take Him at His word. The links on marriage point to the necessity of seasoning our relationships with grace, humility and solid biblical principles.

The links on relationship also made me wonder if we might do well to re-think some of our relationships, changing our view from people that come up short and don’t fully meet our expectations too people who are succeeding, excelling, doing well. When we look at others as succeeding, we are humbling ourselves; we are soothing and promoting unity. I think this view also frees us because as we stop finding fault in others, we stop skeptical thoughts from incubating which frees us from the need to polish our own brass and maintain our own false image.

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