The Bible affirms human sexuality as a good part of God’s original creation. The Genesis account tells us that God created human beings in His image as male and female—a complementary pair designed to bond and work together for a greater purpose. Our Creator-God intended the first couple to use the gift of sexual union to reproduce His image across the earth and to enjoy and deepen the unique bond between a husband and wife. Jesus reaffirmed this when he quoted from Genesis: “‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’”
The first couple’s rebellion against God caused sin to enter the world, setting in motion many ways human beings can “miss the mark” of the Maker’s design for our lives, including sexual union. Even within the marital context, husbands and wives can distort God’s purpose for sex and dishonor each other and the Creator’s design.
God intended sex for a specific purpose, but there is nothing in the pages of Scripture that suggests human beings are to fulfill this purpose by any and every sexual practice. Nor does the Bible teach that all humans need to be sexually active (in whatever way they prefer) to be whole and complete. Human completeness and identity are found in being created in the image of God and being recreated in the image of the risen Jesus.
From slandering to stealing to sexual immorality, the Bible shows that all sin affects us negatively and keeps us from flourishing as the men and women God intends for us to become in Christ. While some sexual sins can have more far-reaching consequences than others, the Bible does not encourage the people of God to single out one sexual sin as the worst. Nor are we to be offended by and condemn those who struggle with sins that we don’t.  Instead, Jesus calls us to compassionately meet people where they are and to humbly invite them by word and example to God’s new way of life found in Him, never losing sight of our own persistent capacity for sin. 
Both the Old and New Testament reveal the Creator of heaven and earth to be a God of love, mercy, and second chances. He doesn’t write off the sexually permissive any more than He writes off the greedy or the gluttonous. He longs to show mercy toward those who confess to all forms of behavior outside of His divine intent.
Though God’s forgiveness doesn’t absolve any of us from the present consequences of sexual sin, the pages of the Bible also show that we who fall short of God’s design can be forgiven and restored to live a new creational life found in Jesus.
 Genesis 1:27-28
 Genesis 2:24
 “But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.'” —Mark 10:6-8 (NLT)
 Hebrews 13:4
 2 Corinthians 3:17; Romans 8:29
 John 8:3-11
 Matthew 9:12-13
 Lamentations 3:22-23
 Psalm 32:5
 Romans 6:4; 2 Corinthians 5:17