Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (NIV}
What did it cost for me to redeem your life? What did I need to do so that you could be set free from your sin? You sent your Son Jesus Christ as payment for my sin. Yes, I did. Was that an easy thing for me to do for you? No, I’m sure that sending your Son into the world to die on the cross for my sins was not an easy thing for you to do. It had to be a very painful act on your part. It was.
How do you feel in knowing that I paid such a costly price to redeem your life from sin? I am awestruck. I am dumbfounded. I am so grateful and thankful for all that you have done for me. How grateful and thankful are you really? Well, I have turned my life over to you. I know that I am no longer my own. I was bought with the costly price that you paid for me. Yes, you were. What do you mean by saying that you have turned your life over me to me? I have two things in mind. Like what? I have left my old life of sin behind. Your payment has set me free from the power that sin held over my life. So, I have turned my back on my life of sin. Was that a hardship for you? Do you miss your old life of sin? No, leaving my old life of sin behind was not a hardship and I don’t miss it one bit. Does sin no longer have any appeal to you? I wouldn’t say that. As long as I live in this body I will still be subject to temptations to sin. I must continually be on guard against temptations that might cause me to sin. How do you guard yourself against temptations to sin? Your Holy Spirit works in me, for me and through me to help me to stand against temptation. Often times your Holy Spirit will take your word and apply to my life in ways that help me to stand against temptation. Yes, He does. I’ve noticed you have used the word stand quite a bit. Do you actually stand around temptation to fight against it? No, I don’t stand around temptation. Yes, I stand against temptation. But, one of the best ways to resist temptation is to immediately flee temptation before it fully arrives. Why is that? I know that temptations can be very alluring. So, I don’t hang around to check them out. That’s good. I also don’t allow myself to be in situations or places that will likely feed sinful temptations and desires. That’s very good.
What else do you have in your mind? What is the second part of turning your life over to me? Turning my life over to you involves both turning away from evil and turning towards you. When I flee from evil I run to you. When I determine not to think, say or do things that are sinful I also have determined to think your thoughts, speak your words and do what pleases you. I know the life I don’t want to live. I also know the life I do want to live. The new life that you have given to me has replaced the old life I have left behind. Now, I am all yours. Now, I am at your disposal. Now, I am ready to be used by you. Use my life to honor and glorify you. Yes, I will.
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son Jesus Christ to redeem my life. I was bought with a costly price. I am not my own. I am all yours. Holy Spirit, help me to honor and glorify God in all my thoughts, words, and actions. Amen
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