I AM a Christian. I found a lady to marry and I have paid insalamu and even started paying bride price but unfortunately, there is another man she is seeing, what can I do pastor? Advise.
ANS: Brother, thanks for your text. Itâ€™s very unfortunate for you to find yourself in such a situation. Your fiancÃ©e appears indecisive for her to tangle two men. I do not know the criteria she is employing to accept love proposal from two men. Is it â€˜first come, first marry basis?â€™ or she wants to â€˜eat with both handsâ€™?
Granted, you need seriously to sit her down and discuss exhaustively this matter before you can finish up paying the bride price.
You have the right to know why she has maintained two relationships and how far the other man has gone with the relationship and engagements.
Has the family accepted the other man or they are just having a private relationship which is not known even to her parents?
I do not ascribe to fact that a sane parent would accept two sons-in-law at the same time. Your fiancÃ©e seems to be hitting-out with the man without the knowledge of her parents.
Brother, I encourage you to take a bold step to resolve this matter quickly. If it means backing out of this relationship completely, let it be.
This ladyâ€™s heart is not wholly with you. She is double-minded. She is in the wilderness – does not know who is who in her life. She is still experimenting to arrive at a possible â€˜Mrâ€™ Right.
Depending on the outcome of your discussion, you can opt to discontinue with this relationship instantaneously. You will not lose anything by making such a decision. In fact, you will serve yourself from future heartaches.
Is wanting better sex wrong?
I am a married woman. It took me years as a married woman to admit that I have certain sexual desires that arenâ€™t always fulfilled.
Behind my hesitation lies the fear that wanting more sex, better sex, or different sex is somehow wrong. How true is this?
ANS: Dear madam, thanks for your concerns raised here. From the Christian point of view, we value sex as a God-given gift for marriage.
Itâ€™s not all about what we want, but about union, self-giving love, and faithfulness to Godâ€™s image in us. At the same time, God intended sex to be pleasurable for both women and men. (Song of Solomon 4:3-12, 5:8)
It makes sense too within the larger scheme of who God is. God as a lover delights in and yearns to delight his beloved.
If our relationships and sex lives reflect in a small way Godâ€™s own passion and pleasure should rightfully be part of the picture.
Itâ€™s a good thing to voice what we want, as long as weâ€™re able to situate our desires within the broader story of Godâ€™s character and love.
The question you may ask is: will our desires be too much to handle? Is it better just to keep them locked up? Well, it takes much wisdom and maturity to discern lustful impulse from God-given desire, and much grace and self-control to live in the tension of unmet desires.
Nevertheless, I believe that being awake to and voicing our desires, not in a demanding or entitled way, but in a open-handed, trusting way, is to live more fully, to be capable of deeper intimacy, and, in short, to be more human.
Madam, wanting more sex, better sex, or different sex is not wrong at all. May we all walk with God into the fullness of our humanity, desires and all, receiving more goodness and grace than we believe possible.
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