The full beauty and goodness of our sexuality can be experienced when we know its purpose. And in fact, many sexual frustrations seem to be the result of missing its created design.
It is good for us then to simply pause and consider why God created sexuality, remembering that our sexuality is more about who we are as males and females. While this includes sex and other erotic behaviors, our sexuality is not limited to what we do with our genitals.
The Divine intent for our sexuality was revealed in part at the beginning when God said:
Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness . . . So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
-Genesis 1:26, 27
This passage shows God’s desire to create beings that reflected his own image, and how this was accomplished in the creation of both male and female.
If our sexuality is about who we are as males and females, and God created males and females to bear his image, it seems reasonable to conclude that God created our sexuality to reflect who he is. In short, our sexuality is God-reflective.
As such, we can learn about our sexuality from the attributes of God and learn about the nature of God from our sexuality. For instance, if God is a creational God then something about our sexuality was also designed to be creational. If God is a loving, relational, and passionate God, then our sexuality is also intended to be loving, relational, and passionate.
The attributes of God are revealed in our sexuality.
Likewise, Scripture often uses masculine and feminine imagery to reveal aspects of God’s nature, being saved by God’s mighty right hand or being satisfied like a baby at his mother’s breast, for example. Being provided with a very vivid picture of masculine strength and nurturing femininity through our human bodies, we are able to see clearly these invisible qualities of God’s divine nature.
Creation reveals the Creator, and our sexuality is part of this grand demonstration. Truly, we have no excuse for not knowing God.
Let the nature and attributes of God speak to the purpose of our sexuality, which mirrors the God who created it. And marvel at the wonder of our sexuality as it testifies of the eternal power and divine nature of our God.
Our sexuality is God-reflective.
As a counselor, my passion is to help others reach their full God-given potential relationally, sexually, and spiritually. I work as an ordained Christian minister, licensed marriage and family therapist, and certified sex therapist in private practice in Suwanee, GA.
Originally published at coreycarlisle.org on February 16, 2016.