Focus on the Family

The Glorious Story of Sexuality

Christians have a far more beautiful story to tell about the glorious nature of human sexuality than most imagine.

by Glenn Stanton

Christians have a far more beautiful story to tell about the glorious nature of human sexuality than any other story occupying the cultural stage now or ever. None of the rivals are even close.

The Christian story of sexuality is true to the fullness in which God made us as humans and true to the nature of what is ultimately behind everything in the universe: God, who is love and who dwells in loving intimacy. We shouldn't be shy about telling it with the power and beauty of our lives.

Loving Christ in your sex life means being pure. It means being chaste. Purity is so much more than what you don't do. It's who you are. Both purity and chastity are positive virtues and not merely an absence of wrong behavior. Pope John Paul II describes chastity very nicely in one of his pastoral letters:

The chaste person is not self-centered, not involved in selfish relationships with other people. Chastity makes the personality harmonious. It matures it and fills it with inner peace. This purity of mind and body helps develop true self-respect and at the same time makes one capable of respecting others, because it makes one see in them persons to reverence, insofar as they are created in the image of God and through grace are children of God, re-created by Christ who "called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9).1

To love God in our sex lives means to be pure in the fullness of the person God created us to be—physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. To do so is to live in wholeness.


1Pope John Paul II, The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education Within the Family (Boston: Pauline Books & Media, 1996), p. 20.