We avoid discussing the harmful effects of sexual immorality because any limitations on sexuality are now culturally viewed as an infringement of our personal autonomy; however, it seems cruelly unfair to rob people of the blessings of knowing the truth about God’s amazing plan. Just because we CAN do what we want—doesn’t mean it’s the best plan for our life. Paul the Apostle wrote: “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” (1 Corinthians 6:12)
Paul knew the power of sexual sin to exert radical control his body.
The church at Corinth was deeply affected by the culture of their city which was the home of the temple of Aphrodite, the goddess of sensual love and pleasure; and the temple is said to have housed over a thousand temple prostitutes. Paul addressed this difficult subject by reminding the people of how special they are to God: “Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!” (6:14b-15) He was reminding them how a sexual union was designed to make us “one” with our sexual partner and thus, to casually share that intimacy outside of a lifelong commitment was—to seek self destruction.
When we are born again, every part of us belongs to God, because we are joined in one spirit with Him. (vs. 17)
If we belong to God, Paul warns us to “flee sexual immorality.” (vs. 17) Why would Paul warn us to run from something that seems so pleasurable as sexual immorality? He explains that it is a “sin against our own body.” He says: “Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.” (vs.18) That phrase floored me—because it means to have sex outside God’s plan is basically to wreak destruction on our own body! Wow.
Why is the violation of God’s boundaries regarding sex such a big deal?
When we are sexually united with someone, it’s supposed to be a soul connection having great power and significance. Sex was designed to consummate a lifetime union (Matthew 19:6) and the act of becoming one creates a new entity designed to bring forth life. (Genesis 4:25) Sex is a soul-union and a gift from God to be shared in marriage and—make the relationship unique among all other relationships.
But Satan perverts all good things that God seeks to give us—including sex. When abused, sex produces problems such as abortion, poverty, rape, STDs, adultery, divorce and pornography. It also destroys the picture of the unbreakable covenant between God and His people. (Revelations 19:7)
But the worst part of the experience is that unrepentant sexual sin defiles our very soul and robs us of the experience of the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote: “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (vs. 18-20)
God has an amazing plan for you—don’t allow a temporary pleasure to rob you of eternal blessings!
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