By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: February 15, 2017
From Series: 2Gether
I Corinthians 6:18-20, “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.”
It’s so easy to get caught up in the fantasy of fairy tale romances. Everything appears seamless, passionate, and perfect. But the keyword here is “fairy tale”. We all know life just isn’t that simple. In books and movies we only see a microcosm of the “happily ever after”. Financial difficulties, parenting challenges, and the struggle to set aside time for one another—the rut that befalls so many marriages—is omitted. As we’ve discovered this week, romance is a vital part of relationships, but love in action is the anchor, the foundational glue that makes marriages last. Yesterday’s devotional focused on marriage. So today, singles, this is for you!
The Bible definitely doesn’t shy away from the topic of premarital sex. God clearly prohibits it because He knows it leads to shame, remorse, rebellion, and funky and faulty feelings. Not to mention the obvious—unwanted pregnancies and STDs. Therefore, in today’s sexual climate, it’s crucial to set limits and stick to them. Ladies, if a guy isn’t protecting your body, he’s not going to protect your heart. Why buy the cow if the milk is free? And guys, if she doesn’t honor you now, she’s not going to honor you when she becomes your wife. Singles, you must date the people who walk in joy, the people whose first and foremost priority is their relationship with Christ. Run from difficult people—if a relationship is problematic now it will only become a greater burden after the vows. Lean upon God’s strength, keep a fire extinguisher nearby, set limits, and stay pure. Don’t defile God’s temple!
If you’re single continue asking God for “the one”, and pray for guidance in deciphering which dates are potential mates. If you’re in a serious dating relationship, pray for strength and wisdom to protect your purity. If you’re married, pray with your spouse. Thank God for one another and lay before Him any current struggles or concerns within your marriage.
Reread today’s scripture. How does sexual sin hurt God’s heart? In what ways do you feel motivated to honor God with your body? If single, do you have an accountability partner? Write: “You are not your own; you were bought at a price” on a piece of paper and post it where you can see it.
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