Is any sin greater (in other words, worse) than another? The scripture makes it clear that if we’re guilty of one sin, we’re guilty of it all. But, Paul seems to indicate here in verses 12-20 of 1 Corinthians chapter 6 that sexual sin causes greater damage to the body, the temple of the Holy Spirit:
12 You may say, “I am allowed to do anything.” But I reply, “Not everything is good for you.” And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. 13 You say, “Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food.” This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them. But our bodies were not made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. 14 And God will raise our bodies from the dead by his marvelous power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead. 15 Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which belongs to Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never! 16 And don’t you know that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, “The two are united into one.” 17 But the person who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Run away from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19 Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
Verses 9-11 of today’s reading in 1 Corinthians used to really bother me as I thought that if you were involved in any of these things, you would not inherit the Kingdom.
9 Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, 10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God.
It was confusing when someone taught these things in the context of the believers. But, now I understand that Paul is describing characteristics of unbelievers. Look at verse 11:
11 There was a time when some of you were just like that, but now your sins have been washed away, and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you.
I want to thank You, God, for the cleansing You have given us through the sacrifice of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank You for providing a support system and accountability according to scriptural principles. I lay my life down before You today, Lord…my legal situation, my sins, my every breath. Empower me today and fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I may walk in victory today and bring glory to Your Name.