Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Holiness & Honor

[from 6-19-10]

"For this is the will of God... that each one of you know how to control your own body in holiness & honor, not with lustful passion..."
(1 Thessalonians 4:4-5)

"The more things change, the more they stay the same."  That seems to be the case with love, sex, lust, and self-control!  Paul is writing to the community in Thessolonica, exhorting them to maintain self-control - especially in regards to their sexuality.  Avoid lustful passion.  Don't exploit others.  God has called us to purity & holiness.

It seems that at times, sexual drives are as basic as the need for food, water, and shelter.  That's how we were created by God.  People have been acting on their sexual impulses since the beginning of time - both in healthy and unhealthy ways.  Paul wanted to encourage the Christians to maintain holiness & purity in their bodies.  It must have been a struggle in Thessolonica.  It's still a struggle for us today!

We all know people who have been in (and/or affected by) inappropriate sexual relationships.  "You were created for so much more," says Paul.  Holiness!  Holiness enhances healthy sexuality.  The way we use our bodies is a reflection of our relationship with God.  And if we've slipped in this area, God can cleanse & forgive.  We just have to ask.  Holiness & honor.  That's what we're capable of!  So be it.  AMEN.

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