Fleeing Sexual Impurity (1 Cor. 6:18-20)
Fellowship with God is crippled by sexual sin. Willful violation of the Lord’s commands shuts the door on Him, and only when we cry out in repentance can fellowship be restored. Ultimately, no experience in life is worth separation from God, nor is any temporary pleasure worth life-long guilt, addiction, or disease.
To avoid the landmine of sexual sin, husbands and wives should seek to meet each other’s needs. First Corinthians 7:5 warn against depriving each other, except for a limited, mutually agreed-upon season of prayer. Unmarried people should beware the claim that everybody needs sex—this lie gets many individuals into trouble. God calls some men and women to a celebrate lice, and He calls others to wait until He provides a material partner. In both cases, He knows how to fulfill their every need in other ways. Some unmarried people consider these ideas unrealistic, but God never asks us to do the impossible. Remember that He provides His Spirit to enable us.
We can cooperate with Him by taking our focus off what we do not have and instead seeking other ways to channel our energies. For example, it is healthy to build strong, caring friendships with people of the same sex, and to use our talents in projects that positively impact our communities. But we must always put on the armor of God, especially the breastplate of righteousness to guard our emotions and the helmet of salvation to guard our thinking. Even if you have allowed your armor to “slip,” confession to God brings certain forgiveness and a fresh start. When we put confession to the forefront, this would become:
A Life That Pleases God. In First Thessalonians 4:1-8, Paul began his admonition: “Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; (2) for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
(3) For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; (4) that each of you should know how to posses his own vessel in sanctification and honor, (5) not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God;
(6) that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.
(7) For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. (8) Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit. Paul is outlining in these verses “The Landmine of Sexual Sin.” People justify sexual sin in many ways. One popular argument is: “My body belongs to me.” No, it does not. You didn’t create your body; God did. Therefore, it belongs to Him. Sexual sin makes the deceptive offer of immediate pleasure without penalty, but that is a lie because God did not create us that way.
Sex itself is not a sin. Physical intimacy is a privilege and a pleasure that God gives us within certain boundaries and guidelines. The experience is designed to be shared by two people—husband and wife. Scripture is clear that sexual relations are not meant for two men, two women, or those not bound by marriage. The word of God is very clear. “ If a man lies with a male as he lies with a women, both of them have committed an abomination” Read (Leviticus 20:13, Exodus 20:14)
Physical involvement is meant to draw people into a deep sense of intimacy, but only when expressed in a loving marital commitment. Marriage forms a picture of our intimate spiritual and emotional relationship with the Lord. No one else can give us the sense of fulfillment He can provide. God never intended for a physical act to fill our entire need for intimacy.
The consequences of sexual sin are severe. For example, some people may claim not feeling guilty, but actually that is rarely the case. They can rationalize it, cover it up, or try to ignore it, but an underlying sense of guilt is hard to eradicate. The deep, gnawing sense of shame is like a house with termites: nothing may be noticeable for a while, but cracks and damage eventually appear. That is why God tells us to flee sexual immorality—to preserve us from its devastating effects.