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We rightly thank God for our family and friends, our ability to earn a living, a warm place to sleep, food to eat, and for the clothes on our back. It is good also to express gratitude for our sexual selves.

Every good and perfect gift is from God. And gratitude is our natural response for all the marvelous things he has created and provided for us. This includes our sexuality. Despite the many distortions, our sexuality is still part of God’s good creation and worthy of our deepest gratitude.

We thank him for our sexual bodies – bodies capable of giving and receiving many sensual pleasures. What a joy to bask in and drink deeply of such rich delights.

We thank him for sexual intimacy – intimacy that allows us to know and be known in the depths of our being. What a thrill to share our hearts even when words fail.

We thank him for sexual transcendence – transcendence that takes us beyond ourselves and allows us to reflect the love and goodness of God himself. What a privilege to represent him even through our sexual selves.

Sexual gratitude helps us to put sex in its proper place – honoring it as God’s good gift to us without making it an idol, fearing it, or treating it as unimportant.

Gratitude also opens the door to invite God into our sexual expressions. Not that we could hide from him if we wanted to. But gratitude opens our hearts to his presence. In fact, thankfulness allows sex to be an act of worship. We praise God for who he is and for the wonderful things he has done for us.

Practice gratitude and thanking God daily for the many blessings he has given you. And let this also include your sexual self.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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