The little white ermine in his spotless coat, permits nothing to soil it. Hunters, well-acquainted with this fact, take unsportsmanlike advantage of him. They do not set traps but daub filth within and around the entrance to his home. As the dogs are loosed and the chase begins, … More
In these verses, the apostle once more takes up the question of sexual immorality, a sin that was prevalent in Corinth. The temple of the love goddess, Aphrodite, was there. It employed more than a thousand prostitutes and sex was part of the worship ritual. In other words Corinth was a morally bankrupt city. Paul, who founded the church in Corinth was distressed by this situation and gives six reasons why we must flee from sexual immorality to stay sexually pure:
I must never think that I can handle in my own strength the temptations that are sure to come my way. I need to have standards in my life that will help build a hedge of protection around me. For instance, when I started out in the youth ministry I promised God that I would never allow myself to be alone in a car or isolated spot with a person of the opposite sex. Lord, hold me to it! I know that better men than me have fallen because they didn’t have a hedge.
"All things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be enslaved by anything. "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food"--and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, "The two will become one flesh." But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
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