Our Body and the Lord

Rich Rockwood

READ : 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you . . . ? (v. 19)

We tend to overlook the relationship of our soul to our body. Our body is a temple, and for Christians a temple of the Holy Spirit of God. The Internet provides instant access to much useful information, but it also allows people to desecrate their temples by viewing pornography and fueling sexual addiction, which is not just a modern problem.

In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul was addressing a people who actually had a reputation for immorality (the Greek word for “sexual immorality” is porneia). Some there held that what one did with his body was not important; it was only the soul that counted. Paul corrected them: “The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body” (v. 13).

The Internet security company Webroot recently reported, “The societal costs of pornography are staggering. The financial cost to business productivity in the U.S. alone is estimated at $16.9 billion annually; but the human toll, particularly among our youth and in our families, is far greater . . .

Christian theologian Augustine, whose autobiographical work Confessions revealed his struggles with sex addiction as a teenager, also wrote dramatically of his release. Is your church doing all it can to educate and liberate anyone who might be in bondage to porneia?


Lord, help me always remember that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.