Controlling Sexual Desires

1cor1-13-picture“‘Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food’—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body” (1 Corinthians 6:13, ESV)  (See the context of 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.)

In all this discussion over the Supreme Court’s ruling, let us not lose site of the fact that all sexual activity outside of marriage is against God’s will. Whether it is with the same sex or the opposite sex, sexual activity outside of marriage is wrong (Hebrews 13:4).

Why does our society have such a difficulty with this concept of sexual sins?  The answer is simple.  Many people behave as if God has given them a body for sexual fulfillment. For years, television stations ran commercials with the slogan, “Just so no” in regards to using drugs. However, when was the last time you saw such a public outcry or concern against premartial sexual activity or illicit sexual activity within marriages?  Probably never, unless it was from your parents or some church’s pulpit.

Sometimes it seems the world lives for sexual fulfillment.  Consider the proliferation of pornography and self-gratification. Consider the number of marriages which have been destroyed because some person acted like God gave them a body for sexual fulfillment. Consider also the number of babies conceived outside of marriage because someone thought God gave them the body for sexual fulfillment. Many people have offered up their own virginity before marriage because they believed their desires for sexual fulfillment was more important than their service to God. Even the homosexual movement appears to be driven by the thought God has give them a body for sexual fulfillment (cf. Romans 1:26-27)

The truth is very simple.  We must not place our sexual desires over our service to God. God gave us all bodies for serving Him, for honoring Him, and for glorifying Him. If we engage in sexual relationships outside of the God ordained marriage relationship (Matthew 19:4-6), then we are dishonoring the Lord, robbing Him of glory.

Remember the following words and factor them into your life as a child of God:  “But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” (1 Corinthians 6:17-18, ESV)


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