Misusing the Precious Gift of Sex

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial.  “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.  You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.”  The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.  By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.  Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?  Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute?  Never!  Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body?  For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”  But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

“Flee from sexual immorality.  All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.  Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

This last half of 1 Corinthians 6 addresses the foolhardiness of taking license from the undeserved grace of God’s forgiveness to live a life of misusing His gift of sexual pleasure.  Paul’s logic is that, 1) though forgiven, these sins are not good for us,  2) it is never good to be enslaved to anything,  3) sexual joys are only for this world; spiritual joys and living by the Spirit are for eternity,  4) our bodies are important, as they will be raised up at the end of time, so we must be good stewards of them,  5) we are both part of Christ Himself (He is the head; we are His body, as in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27), and we are temples of the Holy Spirit, so we must not desecrate ourselves in this way, and that  6) we are not our own.  We have been bought with a price.  So we must live in a way that fits in with the designs of our Maker and Owner.

Lord, help me to live in such a way as to honor and please You.  Help me not to waste my precious time on earth wallowing in mud or misusing your precious gifts.

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