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making the connection | November 17, 2019

November 18, 2019

“You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God
with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19b-20)

Nothing can fracture a relationship more quickly than sexual misuse. That’s why Paul talks about our right as Christians to do anything, but he adds that not everything is beneficial. Paul is speaking from a pastoral heart, trying to help the Corinthian believers protect themselves from fractured relationships. What he offers them is wisdom for us as well. Christ died for each of us, we were bought at an immense price. This, Paul says, should motivate us to make healthy relational decisions and avoid taking the act of sex lightly. Sex has ramifications for every relationship. While it is not an issue that affects our salvation (see Romans 8:1), we will experience serious relational consequences if we don’t abide by the healthy sexual boundaries outlined in the Bible.

C.S. Lewis gets at the matter by saying, “The truth is that wherever a man lies with a woman, there, whether they like it or not, a transcendental relation is set up between them which must be eternally enjoyed or eternally endured.” God did not design us to endure the bad decisions we have made. His heart is for us to be in joyful, happy relationships characterized by mutual commitment and unselfish love.

Read and Reflect – Read 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 and ask yourself these questions. What are the first things that come to mind in your life when you read verse 12? How are these things beneficial or harmful for you? Are these things that have mastery over you? If so, what needs to change?

Respond – Pray and ask the Lord to help you to develop a healthier view of your body as a temple to the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to help you embrace all the good things that this encompasses. This week treat your body as though it were His temple.

If you’ve experienced fractured relationships as a result of sexual misuse or abuse, Jesus wants you to experience healing. Please seriously consider reaching out to a counselor to help you begin the journey toward healing and wholeness.

praise set:

God So Loved (© 2019 Andrew Bergthold Designee (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), Capitol CMG Genesis (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), Capitol CMG Paragon (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), We The Kingdom ASCAP Designee (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), and We The Kingdom Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), performed by We the Kingdom, written by Andrew Bergthold, Ed Cash, Franni Cash, Martin Cash, and Scott Cash, CCLI #7138599)

Sons and Daughters (© 2000 Appstreet Music (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.) and New Spring (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.), performed by Brett Stanfill, written by Bebo Norman, CCLI #3428612)

No Longer Slaves (© 2014 Bethel Music Publishing, performed by Bethel Music, written by Jonathan David Helser and Melissa Helser, CCLI #7030123)

Great I Am (© 2011 Integrity Worship Music, performed by New Life Worship, written by Jared Anderson, CCLI #5881491)

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