Do You Worship God with Your Body?

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 – For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God…

The passions of sex are like a fire, and marriage is the hearth that God created to contain it. Whenever it is taken out of the hearth of marriage, sex starts burning down our relationship with God, marriage, family, health, and culture. 

Some things are legal with the government but sinful with God. In the Bible, sexual sin includes homosexuality, erotica, bestiality, bisexuality, fornication, friends with benefits, adultery, swinging, prostitution, incest, rape, polygamy, polyandry, sinful lust, pornography, pedophilia, sexually touching someone else (besides your spouse) in any way with or without clothes on, and sexually viewing or talking to someone else including via technology. 

The Bible often uses the word “porneia” from which we get our English word pornography as a bit of a catch-all category for various sexual sins. The Bible does this because sinners tend to find new ways to sexually sin, and God wants us to deal with our hearts honestly because they lead our hands sinfully. Anything outside of one husband with one wife is a sin. 

God’s divine design for married sex is solely one husband and one wife. Anyone else involved in any way is sinful and harmful. God made our bodies male and female for sexual pleasure, and for the Christian, God is the authority over our bodies and what we do, and do not do, with them. 

Worship is not just the songs we sing in church, but decisions we make with our bodies. Elsewhere, Paul writes in Romans 12:1-2, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed…”

Who or what do you worship? (Who or what do you spend the majority of your time, money, and effort on?)

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