Tuesday Devo

Scripture Reading:

1 Corinthians 6
15 Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never! 16 And don’t you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, “The two are united into one.” 17 But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.
18 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

6:15 bodies … members of Christ. Already in 1:13 Paul has hinted that the church is Christ’s body and that divisions in the church are incompatible with this truth. See also 12:12, 27; Eph. 1:22–23; 4:13–16; 5:23; Col. 1:18.
6:16–18 Unity with Christ is incompatible with all sin (Rom. 6:6) but particularly with sexual sin. Because sexual union has a spiritual component, sexual activity outside marriage is a unique sin both against Christ (1 Cor. 6:15) and one’s own body (v. 18; see Prov. 6:26, 32). Within marriage, sexual union is not only allowed but has positive spiritual significance (Gen. 2:24; Eph. 5:22–33). Flee. Paul also tells the Corinthians to “flee from idolatry” in 1 Cor. 10:14. Idolatry and sexual immorality were closely connected in Israel’s history (Ex. 32:6; Num. 25:1–2) as well as in Paul’s thinking about the problems in Corinth (1 Cor. 10:7–8).

Study Questions:

  • Yesterday we talked about how God is FOR sex. Not only is God for sex, but God is for YOU! Like any parent, God wants to keep us from being hurt. He wants us to experience his best. Sex done God's way is the best way! This is why we save sex for marriage... because sex isn't just physical, it involves joining your soul to someone else's. "Two are united into ONE." So it stands to reason that sexual sin cuts deeper than others. It leaves a more noticeable scar. It creates a lot of pain and it can ultimately rob you of future intimacy. How have you seen this play out in your life or in someone else's that you have seen walk through healing from sexual sin? Is there any unresolved pain from your past that you need to work through? Pray about? Speak to a counselor about?

  • Sexual sin is especially tempting and even more dangerous. This is why Paul warns us in 1 Corinthians 6 to RUN from sexual sin. Jesus said to get extreme... cut off your hand or gouge your eye out if it causes you to sin. This is how serious of a problem sexual sin can become. Are there any ways you have been extreme in your commitment to run from sexual sin? Do you need to create some new boundaries in your life to keep you from flirting with the edge? 

Pray:

  • That you would remember that doing things God's way protects you from being hurt. 
  • That you would be disciplined with your boundaries now so that you aren't expecting yourself to choose wisely in the heat of the moment.

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory! 

7. How can I trust that the Bible is still God’s Word today? I trust the Bible is still God’s Word today because Jesus rose from the dead proving He was God and said His words would never pass away. Through the Holy Spirit, God inspired the writing of the Scripture, determined the canon of Scripture and protected the copying of Scripture so that we might know Him and worship Him to this day.
(Matthew 24:35; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Revelation 22:18-19)

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