How Should Christians Respond to Sexual Immorality?
In response to this information from Scripture, here are three responses Christians can take in the face of sexual immorality.
“Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)
While there will always be information we do not know, we can try our best to learn. God is able and willing to bless us with more wisdom and knowledge. We simply need ears to hear, a mind to interpret, and a desire to receive.
“Flee sexual immorality! Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the person who is sexually immoral sins against his own body.” (1 Corinthians 6:18)
When we are sexually immoral, whether we understand or not, there is harm done to our bodies. This could be the guilt we hold in our minds, or the disease infection we take into our body. No matter how the consequence looks, all issues can be avoided by running from this sin.
“For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well.” (Matthew 6:14)
No one is perfect, not ourselves or anyone else. When we or someone else falls into sexual immorality, the proper response is forgiveness and restoration. This does not mean that a romantic relationship will or should continue. God has tasked us with forgiving one another no matter what boundaries we put into place.
The best way to understand God’s design for sex is to read Scripture and study how He presents the act of sex in relation to marriage. Sex validates the union a man and woman make between Him and one another. Any deviation from this physical and spiritual contract of marriage invites sexual immorality.
“Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
Sexual revolution is taking place today on multiple fronts. There are those who claim that men can become women, and women become men through sex changes. While we can manipulate our bodies in various ways, God formed us. And in that formation, we cannot change our chromosomes. Women have two x-chromosomes, while men have an x and a y chromosome.
Mankind often finds ways to deviate from God’s design, but God’s design is above our knowledge and power. We are not greater than Him, and with that do not know better than He does. If we can acknowledge God’s wisdom and might, then we will better understand or at least better accept, why He wants us to abstain from sexual immorality.
Though our society continues to stray from God, we can do our part as Christians to make a different decision. We can decide to cling to God, His teachings, and avoid the consequences of sexual immorality. Satan is fully aware of our nation’s disconnect from God. He has room to act, but he cannot operate where he is not invited. If we can abide in God’s Word, we can resist. We can and will overcome.
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