7. Enjoying passionate sex is indulging in the "flesh."
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Several New Testament passages address living by the flesh versus living by the Spirit. Following that thinking into the sexual realm, some have concluded that little could be more flesh-like than pressing your flesh together in the act of sex? So while it’s necessary for procreation and unity in marriage, maybe we shouldn’t enjoy it quite so much.
However, “flesh” refers to sinful practices that emanate from physical desires. Later translations chose “sinful nature” to more accurately convey meaning. And look at the list of what comes out of that “flesh” or “sinful nature”: “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21). There’s nothing that even comes close to marital sexual intimacy.
Think of it this way: Our flesh is involved in spiritual activities like giving to the poor, feeding the hungry, and singing praises. It’s good to use our bodies to honor God according to His will, including sex in marriage.
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