Sex & relationships

God designed us for relationships. We are created firstly for relationship with Him, but also for relationships with each other - whether family, friends or boyfriend or girlfriend. Some Christians feel called to remain single and stay focused completely on God, while others feel called to romantic relationships and one day to marriage. Either way, relationships can be tricky. 

Sex is a great gift from God. Many Christians believe that it's not just a physical act. It also has a spiritual element, and is designed to take place within marriage, creating a lasting bond between two people. Not everybody reads the Bible verses about relationships in this way but one thing is for sure - God can help us with pain or hurt or regrets when it comes to sex, as he cares about us and what we do with our bodies. 

Key Bible Verses

WHY SHOULD I WAIT FOR marriage

Key Bible Verses

1 Corinthians
6:18-20

There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, “The two become one.” Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever—the kind of sex that can never “become one.” There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another. Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.

Genesis
2:24-25

The Man said, “Finally! Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh! Name her Woman
    for she was made from Man.” Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and embraces his wife. They become one flesh.
    The two of them, the Man and his Wife, were naked, but they felt no shame.

1 Thessalonians
4:1-8

One final word, friends. We ask you—urge is more like it—that you keep on doing what we told you to do to please God, not in a dogged religious plod, but in a living, spirited dance. You know the guidelines we laid out for you from the Master Jesus. God wants you to live a pure life.

Keep yourselves from sexual promiscuity. Learn to appreciate and give dignity to your body, not abusing it, as is so common among those who know nothing of God. Don’t run roughshod over the concerns of your brothers and sisters. Their concerns are God’s concerns, and he will take care of them. We’ve warned you about this before. God hasn’t invited us into a disorderly, unkempt life but into something holy and beautiful—as beautiful on the inside as the outside.

8 If you disregard this advice, you’re not offending your neighbours; you’re rejecting God, who is making you a gift of his Holy Spirit.