Monday, March 23, 2015
God calls and equips us as His people to stand firm on the things of God, stand firm against the enemy of God, and stand firm in our service to Him. God promises that those who are His stand because He is able to make us stand. However, in this life there will be trouble, and in that trouble there are a few things God’s word instructs us to flee. This week we take a look at the things God instructs us to flee, this first of which is…
Immorality ~ 1 Corinthians 6:18
“Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.”
Sin hurts oneself, mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Sin takes its toll on our flesh. Sexual sin invites brokenness and disease. So does spiritual adultery: having any other god besides Jehovah-Tsidkenu (The Lord our Righteousness) invites destruction of one’s body. Immorality is self destructive.
The defining parameters of the immoral include:
- transgressing accepted moral rules; corrupt
- sexually dissolute; profligate or promiscuous
- unscrupulous or unethical: lacking integrity.
- tending to corrupt or resulting from corruption
Refusing to abide by rules of morality outlined for us in God’s word, sexual promiscuity, lack of integrity and trustworthiness, corrupting and being corrupted, all these harm oneself and those around us. As we seek to be moral beings for our own sake, that we may be well and prosper in the BLESSing of the Lord, there are other flesh relationships we must consider:
We begin with the fact that we who are in Christ are the temple of God, His body through whom He lives, breathes and move in the earth; His image bearer, His representative in the earth. To sin against Him in our relationship with Him is to sin against our own body. (1 Corinthians 3:17; 6:19)
When we marry we become one flesh with our mates, therefore to sin or do harm against that relationship or our mate is to sin against one’s own body. When we hurt our mate, we hurt self. (Genesis 2:24; Ephesians 5:31)
Our children are the seed of our loins—our flesh, bearing the genome of each parent within. Committing sin against our children is to sin against our own body / flesh. Conversely, to sin against our parents is to commit immorality against our own body in that parent-child relationship.
Also, as the people of God, we are made one body together with Christ. Anything we do that brings harm to the people of God and the reputation of His church is to sin against our own body.
Where are you sinning against your own flesh, beloved? Flee such immorality rather than do harm to oneself. Pray for the “one flesh” relationships around you, that these may be one, serving the One true God with whom we are one.
All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.