The question came from a husband that was honest enough to admit purity was a struggle but
desired to honor and love his wife by arming for the battle.
The world tells us that you can have sex with as many people as you want and it doesn’t matter. Sex is just a physical pleasure that is to be consumed until it loses excitement and then you move on to the next conquest. If you do get married, then looking at others or using them in your mind to provide arousal is no big deal. And pornography tells us if sex with one person doesn’t do it for you, then why not try a threesome? You can find articles detailing ground rules and ideas on how to find the third party. And if a threesome… why not a foursome, fivesome – or a free for all. All messages that convey, “Why Only One?”
So beyond the obvious answer of God designed marriage to be one man and one woman, “Why Only One?”
Because God is good.
Ultimately whatever rules God gives us to live by exist because they are in our best interest. They not only keep us safe from the natural consequences of sin, but they lead to a life filled with intimate relationship, abundance and freedom.
“Only One” Protects Us
“Only One” keeps us free from STD’s, bringing children into the world that may never know both parents, and comparisons that haunt us.
“Only One” protects our souls and our bodies from the consumerism of sex -use it, take what you can, and then move on. When it has lost its shine, just replace it – because its cheap. We are no longer God’s son or daughter –uniquely created exactly the way He wants us. We are Barbie or Ken Dolls bought for a few days of play and then forgotten in an overflowing toy box.
“Only One” prevents us from building walls of protection when vulnerability leads to wounds from partner after partner. We become scarred over and over and pretty soon we are so insulated that we no longer feel pain, joy, or ecstasy – we just exist. We walk around like zombies, no longer living and feeling.
“Only One Leads to Life
“Only One” leads us to a life filled with intimate relationships – with God, our spouse, our kids and even with friends. We are made in God’s image – craving relationship, hating adultery, and desiring that someone fully know us. The first commandment says, “You shall have no other God before me.” He made us for one. One with Him, and one with our spouse.
Because I am the “Only One” for my husband – in his heart, in his mind, in his eyes – I am able to open up to my husband. I share my body with my husband and know that he truly loves every curve of my body, every crevice, every taste, every smell. I still battle believing him, but his actions back up what he says. I don’t wonder what else he has seen or pictures in his mind. I know that he believes I am worth way more than any cheap image or enticement.
Because I am the “Only One” for my husband, we are getting to know each other more than I ever imagined. He is beginning to trust that he can share his feelings with me. During sex, he can ask for what he wants, express what he enjoys, and have an easiness that comes with years of hanging out skin to skin.
Because I am the “Only One” for my husband, he knows when and how to pray over me. He sees me as an entire being – physical, spiritual, emotional. He can tell when I am feeling beaten down or insecure, or just stressed out. Sometimes he knows me more than I know myself.
Because I am the “Only One” for my husband, I don’t have to compete – I get to just be me. I don’t have to try to stay shiny and new, or put on some mask to look like what I think he wants. I get to simply be the unique woman that God created me to be – the best Ruth – the person that walks in confidence, unafraid, secure that God does not make junk.
Because I am the “Only One” for my husband, I am taking down walls, rather than putting them up. One by one, I am sharing with my husband things from my past that have wounded me and caused me to shrink into the background. I am getting naked over and over with him and sharing those wounded parts of my soul as we pray and ask for God’s healing and fullness in my life. And as I take down my walls, I feel more – I cry more, I love more, I live more.
God created us to live – fully known, completely naked and unashamed and in deep intimate relationship – because He made us in His image. We can only do this when He alone is our God – and we can only do this in marriage when there is “Only One.”