by Max Lucado
â€œDonâ€™t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you?â€?Â
1 Corinthians 6:19 (NLT).
Paul wrote these words to counter the Corinthian sex obsession. â€œRun away from sexual sin!â€? reads the prior sentence. â€œNo other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.â€? (v.18 NLT).
What a salmon scripture! No message swims more up-stream than this one. You know the sexual anthem of our day: â€œIâ€™ll do what I want. Itâ€™s my body.â€? Godâ€™s firm response? â€œNo, itâ€™s not. Itâ€™s mine.â€?
Be quick to understand, God is not anti-sex. Dismiss any notion that God is anti-affection and anti-intercourse. After all, he developed the whole package. Sex was his idea. From his perspective, sex is nothing short of holy.
He views sexual intimacy the way I view our family Bible. Passed down from my fatherâ€™s side, the volume is one hundred years old and twelve inches thick. Replete with lithographs, scribblings, and a family tree, it is, in my estimation, beyond value. Hence, I use it carefully.
When I need a stepstool, I donâ€™t reach for the Bible. If the foot of my bed breaks, I donâ€™t use the family Bible as a prop. When we need old paper for wrapping, we donâ€™t rip a sheet out of this book. We reserve the heirloom for special times and keep it in a chosen place.
Regard sex the same wayâ€”as a holy gift to be opened in a special place at special times. The special place is marriage, and the time is with your spouse.
Casual sex, intimacy outside of marriage, pulls the Corinthian ploy. It pretends we can give the body and not affect the soul. We canâ€™t. We humans are so intricately psychosomatic that whatever touches the soma impacts the psyche as well. The me-centered phrase â€œas long as no one gets hurtâ€? sounds noble, but the truth is, we donâ€™t know who gets hurt. God-centered thinking rescues us from the sex we thought would make us happy. You may think your dalliances are harmless, and years may pass before the x-rays reveal the internal damage, but donâ€™t be fooled. Casual sex is a diet of chocolateâ€”it tastes good for a while, but the imbalance can ruin you. Sex apart from Godâ€™s plan wounds the soul.
Your body, Godâ€™s temple. Respect it.
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From: It’s Not About Me
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