Monday, February 2, 2015

February 3, 2015

"Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside they body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body." I Corinthians 6:18

This  portion of Scripture has some significant and profound things to say about sin. It is worth of consideration.

Generally, the Bible doesn't discriminate between sins but here Paul does that. That should catch your attention. Sexual sins are a special category of sins because of the consequences these sins have at deep levels of the human psyche.

Let me illustrate this way. As I have been calling you to recall some of the regrets from your past (those areas where if you could go back and ask "what is the wise thing to do" you would have made a better decision) how many of those regrets involve sexual sins?

Do you see my point?

I am not saying sexual sins cannot be forgiven because they can! In fact, Jesus was the first and ONLY person to offer forgiveness to the woman caught in the sexual sin of adultery.

I am not saying sexual sins are regarded by God as worse than other sins.

I am saying that because of how God designed sex and the purpose He has for it, sexual sins have deeper and more devastating consequences than other sins.

Obviously, that is what Paul is referring to when he states "but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body."

Your own issues bear witness to that.

God didn't build boundaries around His most precious gift beside salvation and life itself, in order to deprive you of the joy of sex but to protect it and enhance it within the marriage relationship.

Sex is so powerful because its purpose is so personal and precious. Add that to the power of emotions, which we previously established, and you understand how vulnerable you are to the lure of sexual sins.

You live in a culture that understands the power of sex and exploits it for marketing purposes. Our culture seeks to bring you right up to the line of committing sexual sin with the implication you are missing out if you deprive yourself of enjoying it.

These things being true, what is the wise thing for you to do in this area?

Paul's word of wisdom is, "Don't flirt with the line of sexual sin but FLEE it!" 

What are you doing to build wise margins in your life that far from the line of sexual sin?