Flee From it

1 Corinthians 6:18 (NIV) Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.

A high school student bragging to his buddies about his behavior with his girlfriend said that he was proud to maintain his virginity even though they had crossed every other remaining boundary. We might wonder about the point.

In God’s original design sexual intimacy was designed for our enjoyment but within the safety and protection of a marriage relationship. God knows that sexual intimacy will be experienced best within the security of marriage. Like so many other things when we venture away from God’s plan there are diminishing returns as well as consequences. The lure of the illicit soon turns sour. This is true for the teenage boy and his date as well as the married person who strays away from fidelity.

Hebrews 13:4a (NIV) says, Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure

Nonetheless, we hear about the “new morality.” It’s been a part of our nature since the first pair of humans sinned to think that we know better than God. So many young couples have rewritten the standard and choose to live together. Too many young people push the limits asking, “How far is too far?” Perhaps a much better question is to ask how closely to God’s desire for my life can I remain. Sadly, many will trade in a counterfeit for a greater experience never knowing what is actually being given up.

The beautiful thing about God however, is that he loves to take the broken pieces of our lives and make something beautiful out of them. So if we’ve made the mistake of misusing God’s gift there is yet time to make a change and set the course straight. You will never be disappointed living by God’s desires for your life.

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