Run From Sexual Sin! – 1 Corinthians 6
From my reading in 1 Corinthians 6 in the One Year Bible New Testament.
Paul specifically tells us to run from sexual sin!
“Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.” 1 Cor 6:8
The solution to temptation is to get out of that situation. We are to avoid tempting situations if at all possible. No other sin affects your body in the same way sexual sin does. Because of that, we must be very careful to take it seriously.
The next few verses are often quoted in context of eating right and excising. But the actual context of these verses is referring to sexual sin.
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 1 Cor 6:19-20
We should seek to honor God with our sexuality because our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
God has given us our bodies to glorify him. Jesus bought you with the high price of his blood. If you are a Christian your body is not yours to do whatever you want with. It belongs to God and is a tool to be used for honoring him, not sexual sin.
If you have messed up there is forgiveness. Earlier in this passage Paul shares a list of many sins including several sexual sins. Each of them can be forgiven by Jesus.
“Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Cor 6:9-11
I love the phrase, “some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed.”
No matter what sexual sin you have done in the past God can cleanse you and make you right with him through Jesus. Also the phrase, “you were once like that” implies that you don’t have to continue sinning in the same way. God can give you power to change!
Notice that the list of sins includes sexual and non-sexual sins. All sin can be forgiven by Jesus!
If you have been struggling with sexual sin the good news is that Jesus will forgive you if you turn from that sin and ask him to forgive you.
Every warm blooded human at some point deals with sexual temptation. The message here is RUN! Run from sexual sin and in the process you will be getting some exercise too!
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