Sexual Purity

William C. Brownson

READ : 1 Corinthians 6:13-20

You shall not commit adultery. (Ex. 20:14)

God’s call to marital faithfulness carries over into every expression of our sexuality. “Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled, for God will judge fornicators and adulterers” (Hebrews 13:4). Fornication is the Bible’s word for sex outside of marriage.

And listen to these words: “Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites . . . none of these will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Every kind of pre-marital, extra-marital, or homosexual liaison, persisted in and unrepented of, will keep us from God’s heavenly kingdom. Paul reminds his readers: “You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.” Now they are to live a new kind of life, leaving old behaviors behind.

Jesus traces all such sins back to the heart (Matthew 5:27-28). The look, the desire, the intent toward fornication are steps toward evil. Even those who don’t commit overtly sinful acts may still be guilty in heart and imagination. All of us stand in need of repentance, confession, and God’s forgiving grace in Christ. Let’s never forget that as Christians our bodies are members of Christ. Let’s pray for grace to honor him in how we use them!

PRAYER

Lord, for your sake, and in your power, keep us pure in heart and life!