The entire concept of love has been so twisted and warped by our society that many don’t know the difference between love and lust. Merriam-Webster defines lust as “intense or unbridled sexual desire: lasciviousness.” Further defining lasciviousness we read “lewd, lustful.” The synonyms include bawdy, coarse, crude, filthy, indecent, and obscene to list a few. The antonyms include clean, decent, and wholesome. The same source definition of love states, “strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties, attraction based on sexual desire: affection and tenderness.” Synonyms include “attachment, devotion, admiration, fondness and passion.” Antonyms listed are “hate, hatred, and loathing.”
Love has become a “no strings attached proposition,” all about the momentary physical pleasure with little or no regard for the other(s) involved in the sex act. There is a distinct difference between “making love” and “having sex.” The difference involves what motivates those involved. The act of making love in a committed relationship involves respect, selflessness, and communication. For those who are unaware, I would encourage you and your spouse to sit down together and read through Song of Songs. You will discover one of the most beautiful stories of love and affirmation in all of Scripture. This book unfolds the story of a bride and her bridegroom exploring their love for one another and their love for God. Of course these are not the only scriptures that offer guidance as to the design for marriage, but they will certainly give a solid foundation to start.
©2014 Eric A. Disney, Marriage by Design
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