Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wednesday Devotion, August 26

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

12 Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”—but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

Quick Notes

Though verse 12 can be applied to many things, it is talking about allowing our bodies to be used in unhealthy sexual ways. Christ has redeemed us from our old selves, and even if we have made mistakes with sexual purity, he can still redeem us. The thing is, why would you want to purposely desecrate the beautiful temple that God created as your body? The Holy Spirit lives within you. Temples are beautiful buildings made for worship and purity, and by grace you are one who receives this blessing. God cares about you and your body.

Quick Questions

Do you think it is easy to flee from sexual immorality? Why or why not?

Quick Prayer

Lord Jesus, consecrate my body as your temple. Amen.

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