Number 93: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Number 94: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,
“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.”
~ Deuteronomy 7:9
Number 95: Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
Number 96: It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.
Number 97: In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Number 98: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
~ 1 John 4:9-12
Number 99: For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.
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Number 100: By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
~ 1 John 4:16-18
Rom 8:32 – He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
2 Cor. 8:9 – For you know the grace our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake became poor, so that you through his poverty might be rich.
God gives us more leeway than He gave His own Son.
Jesus’ mission wasn’t to get married, enjoy marital intimacy, or to raise children.
We’re called to Christlikeness, though that’s a goal we can’t perfectly attain. Christ and the Church have different paths with one end goal: God’s glory.
Christ’s atonement on the Cross secured not only our salvation but also our joy, wellbeing and fulfillment, even sexually (John 10:10).
God gives us the freedom to enjoy Couples Nursing, but unfortunately, some self-punishing Christians have gotten things twisted. A famous preacher said “God doesn’t care about your happiness, he cares about your soul.” Is that in the Bible? Another quote I read online stated: “Jesus was around hostile people, so I don’t need to be around people like me.” But Jesus also surrounded Himself with disciples, of whom He had 3 favorites. Still, we’re not Jesus. He had direct access to God and was perfectly able to tune out the sinful distractions you and I wrestle with. That’s why we need intimacy and accountability. Jesus didn’t need His disciples to hold Him accountable. The opposite was true.
Surrounding yourself with friends is actually the expectation. It glorifies God.
And surrounding yourself with your wife’s comforting lactating abundance, or husband’s suckling warmth was the expectation in Solomon’s day. It also glorifies God.
Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
— Isaiah 53:10
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
~ 1 John 4:7-8
“For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.”
— Isaiah 54:5
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:3 Or your holiness
- 1 Thessalonians 4:4 Or how to take a wife for himself; Greek how to possess his own vessel
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
– John 3:16
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”[a]
– 1 Peter 1
a. Lev. 11:44,45; 19:2
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:9-13 ESV
“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned.”
~ Song of Solomon 8:6
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
– Ephesians 5:25-33
Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
1 Corinthians 7:5 ESV
It’s easy to miss this implicit command. We often neglect and disregard the importance of her pleasure.
Even the best Bible teachers and commenters tend to assume sexual deprivation is a male problem.
A great pastor recently apologized for missing this himself.
Thank God for his word, which corrects our presuppositions and implicit biases, if we’re open to being corrected.
English Standard Version (ESV)
Your Throne, O God, Is Forever
To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Maskil[a] of the Sons of Korah; a love song.
45 My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;
I address my verses to the king;
my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
2 You are the most handsome of the sons of men;
grace is poured upon your lips;
therefore God has blessed you forever.
3 Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,
in your splendor and majesty!
4 In your majesty ride out victoriously
for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!
5 Your arrows are sharp
in the heart of the king’s enemies;
the peoples fall under you.
6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;
7 you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
8 your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
9 daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;
at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
10 Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear:
forget your people and your father’s house,
11 and the king will desire your beauty.
Since he is your lord, bow to him.
12 The people[b] of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts,
the richest of the people.[c]
13 All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold.
14 In many-colored robes she is led to the king,
with her virgin companions following behind her.
15 With joy and gladness they are led along
as they enter the palace of the king.
16 In place of your fathers shall be your sons;
you will make them princes in all the earth.
17 I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;
therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. NIV
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. AMP
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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. NIV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. KJV
Bible Rank: 3
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” NIV
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. KJV
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For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God NIV
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; KJV
Bible Rank: 7
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. NIV