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)
Honoring Me With Your Body
Will you honor me with your body? That is an interesting question. That question is causing me to think deeply. I have no hesitation in saying yes to you. It is the desire of my heart to honor you with my body. What are you thinking about regarding honoring me with your body? You know my thoughts. Yes, I know your thoughts. I want you to articulate your thoughts to me. When I ask you to share your thoughts with me, it is not for my benefit, it is for your benefit. Here then, are my thoughts. Obviously, if I want to honor you with my body, I will immediately flee sexual immorality when I see it approaching. Tell me more about why it is important for you to immediate flee sexual immorality. Sexual immorality is alluring and enticing and entrapping. The only time to effectively flee sexual immorality is immediately. Later or when I get around to it is far too late. I must immediately remove myself from sexual immorality if I want to have victory over it. That’s right. That’s true. Will fleeing sexual immorality be enough to give you victory over it? No, not at all. As I flee sexual immorality, I must pursue you and the righteous life you have called me to live. One activity, fleeing, is replaced by another activity, pursuing. Really, I can only honor you with my body as I flee evil and pursue you and your righteousness. That is also true. Do both and you will be honoring me with your body.
You have more thoughts about honoring me with your body. You are thinking more deeply on this subject. Let me hear those thoughts as well. Those thoughts are not clearly formed in me. I’m wondering how I can honor you with my body in other ways. How so? Can I honor you with my body by taking good care of it? I only have one body with which I can serve you. If I don’t take care of my body, my service to you will be greatly diminished and shortened. You are thinking good thoughts. Can I honor you with my body with diet and exercise, sleep, and rest? Can I honor you with my body by how I feed my mind with study and learning? Can I honor you with my body by developing the gifts and talents and abilities you have given to me? Can I honor you with my body by turning all my worries into prayers to you? I know that you want me to live a full life of bearing fruit for your kingdom and bringing glory to your name. Yes, I do. Honoring you with my body, maintaining a healthy body, is an important part of living out that desire. Yes, it is. I will keep on honoring your body in all these ways so I can serve you fully with my body, soul, and spirit. That will be very good.
Lord, I will not play around. I will not linger around sexual immorality. I will immediately flee sexual immorality when I see it approaching. As I flee, I will pursue you and the righteous life you have called me to live. Help me to honor you with my body. Amen
Key Question… Why must you not allow yourself to linger around anything that is sexually immoral?
Living It Out… Flee sexual immorality and pursue the Lord so you will be able to honor God with your body.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that your body became a temple of The Holy Spirit when you became a follower of Christ.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group the varied ways you are honoring God with your body.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you flee sexual immorality so that you will be able to honor God with your body.
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