Marriage Bed

Hebrews 13:4 sounds quaint, almost like a relic in 21st Century life:

Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled.

Sounds so . . . old, doesn’t it? Even that word “undefiled” (also translated as “pure”) has an ancient, almost archaic feel about it.

Except it is the oddest thing. I have had an increasing number of engaged couples tell me that they are following that verse in their lives. People at different stages of life, with different kinds of sexual histories, with different kinds of faith experience, are coming the realization that sex really is better when it is saved for the marriage bed. They’re not only realizing that but they are committing to it.

One couple told me that they knew each other so much better as people & as conversationalists than they would have if their relationship had become sexual early on. They feel better prepared for marriage because they are waiting for their wedding night to “become one.”

Old-fashioned? You bet.

Spiritually powerful? Absolutely.

Because isn’t uncanny how when you live your life according to God’s blueprint, blessings ensue? Isn’t it amazing how the greatest freedoms come not from indulging in our liberty but from living within the bible’s boundaries?

That’s a relic worth bringing back to life.