The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of March 12-18, 2017, is I Corinthians 6:13b-20. This week's passage confronts sexual immorality among the church at Corinth. Paul had already rebuked the church once for not only allowing, but pridefully accepting sexual immoral individuals into the congregation! A chapter later, Paul returns to the topic of sexual immorality, nor will it be the last time Paul addresses the topic. Spend some time this week meditating on, praying over, and reflecting on I Corinthians 6:13b-20.
The body is not intended for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body [to save, sanctify, and raise it again because of the sacrifice of the cross]. And God has not only raised the Lord [to life], but will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Am I therefore to take the members of Christ and make them part of a prostitute? Certainly not! Do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “The two shall be one flesh.” But the one who is united and joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Run away from sexual immorality [in any form, whether thought or behavior, whether visual or written]. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the one who is sexually immoral sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you, whom you have [received as a gift] from God, and that you are not your own [property]? You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]. So then, honor and glorify God with your body. (I Corinthians 6:13b-20, AMP)
What does Paul define as sexual immorality? Adultery (Exodus 20:14, 1 Corinthians 5:1). Incest (1 Corinthians 5:1). Lust (Romans 2:26). Sexual relations between the unmarried (1 Corinthians 7:2). Lasciviousness or lewdness (Galatians 5:19, 2 Corinthians 12:21). Homosexuality (Romans 2:26-27). Pornography (1 Corinthians 6:18). This list which Paul shares was not created by him, it came from the Lord.
The Corinth church prided themselves on being tolerant, tolerant to sin! Tolerance is a popular word today, with an ever increasing list of topics - abortion, removal of prayer, religion, sexual life and preference, gender identity - of which people are told they need to be tolerant. But what is tolerance? The progressive interpretation of tolerance is acceptance. This is incorrect. Tolerance is nothing more than peaceful co-existence with an idea or people with whom you disagree. Progressive thinking, today as in Corinth, requires Christians to accept sin as the norm. As Christians, we must reject this. Although sinners, we are to live our lives in a way that honors and glorifies the Lord. Acceptance of sin never honors or glorifies the Lord.
To live or not to live in sin? It is a choice we all make. We know the consequences of choosing to live in sin: exchanging a few, brief years of self satisfaction for eternal punishment. Paul told the Corinthians to flee from sexual immorality and glorify God. Will you chose to live for God and glorify Him? Spend some time this week meditating on, praying over, and reflecting upon I Corinthians 6:13b-20. It is something you really should consider.