Well, how about a nice morning wake up call:
3 God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin. 4 Then each of you will control your body and live in holiness and honor – 5 not in lustful passion as the pagans do, in their ignorance of God and his ways.
Why does this come up so much in scripture? Sexual sin is not like tobacco – where it harms your body and costs so much money. Sexual sin is not like alcohol – where it makes you loose control of your mind and tears up your liver. Sexual sin can be kept quiet, so no one even knows about it – it’s not hurting anybody!
Have you ever had these thoughts? To me, if the scripture mentions something once, it’s important. Think of all the times the Bible warns against sexual sin.
Obviously, it’s VERY important to understand the critical nature of sexual sin and self-control in this area. To gain control of your body and live in holiness and honor. Without control in this area, I’ve seen otherwise upright Christian men continue to flounder where they were at, not gaining any ground, but growing weaker because they refuse to do something about it. It has been compared to heroin addiction because the body’s need for ejaculation <can I say that here?> becomes like the need for a ‘hit’. Sexual sin has ruined marriages and relationships of otherwise strong Christian men – and I would theorize that it is because of the secrecy and prolific nature of sexual temptation around us.
I won’t do it here, but you can look at www.Barna.org and do a search on sex or pornography or homosexuality and you’ll see how prevalent the problem is even among Christian men.
Paul’s warning is applicable even today. Avoid sexual sin – and learn about God and His ways. Here’s one place to start: http://www.restoringsexualpurity.org
God, I pray for those among us who struggle in this area. Lord, I pray for an extra anointing today to help them remain holy. Give each of us the strength and the opportunity to utilize the plan You’ve put in place to get out of this quagmire: confession, repentance, accountability. Send Your Holy Spirit to convict and to bring us to a place where we can operate fully in Your power! -amen