READ: 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
- In the case of the Corinthians, Paul becomes explicit about an evil action from which the believer must flee. The command is, “Run from sexual immorality.” Any kind of sexual activity outside the confines of a marriage between a man and woman is considered sinful behavior in Scripture. This can include lustful thoughts and pornography, in addition to other sexual sins. We are to run from these activities.
- Our culture certainly doesn’t reflect this value. Biblical mores are often considered antiquated and ridiculous in today’s world. The shock has been reversed. We used to be surprised and disappointed when a celebrity got divorced; now we’re surprised when a marriage lasts a decade. We even have prime time television programs built on such immoral relationships. And even shows that don’t promote it, condone it.
- Every believer in Jesus is confronted with temptations in this area. Thus, every believer must learn to run from those opportunities. A cancelled business trip, a lost order, a failed friendship, disappointed gratification, none are worse than the consequences of failure in this area. We belong to God. Our bodies are His. We are the place where God dwells. We can not, and must not, dare not be irresponsible in this area.
- Why is sexual temptation so powerful?
- Why are the consequences so costly?
- Describe a time when you have successfully run from such a temptation.
PRAY: Commit to sexual purity. Pray for alertness that recognizes danger. Ask God to cover your marriage (if you are married) with His protection.