Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.
Who else feels the need to cover their eyes while passing Abercrombie and Fitch? Anyone, anyone? We live in a very lustful society, our minds are being polluted on a daily basis, just from merely turning on the tv or passing a billboard. We are constantly bombarded with the notion that open sensuality and promiscuity are ok, but God desires so much more for us. Nobody else will guard your mind for you, you have to make a conscience effort to do that, or you too can fall prey to the norm.
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.
1 Corinthians 6:18
How to avoid sexual immorality in a sexual immoral society
Care free living comes at a cost, but like Adam & Eve they didn’t realize the effects of biting the apple till it was too late. One man, one woman, what God has joined together let no man separate. God intended this beautiful unbreakable unit, yet we give away this gift of self without reservation. What is considered sexually immoral and how do we avoid it?
1. Guard your mind
If you are married or in a committed relationship stop goggling at people other than your significant other, even if it is someone you will never meet. Why allow your mind to go places you don’t want your body to go?
But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
2. 1 man/1 wife
When we join together with someone, even if it is one night stand, before God we are one with that person. So when we have multiple partners we give a little piece of ourselves away every time. This was not the intended design, God wanted you to know how valuable you are, and that you are worth waiting for. Chosen, rather than just one of the pack. Choose a partner and commit to each other legally what you already committed to God.
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.
Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”
1 Cor. 6:16
3. Choose a mate that is opposite gender
The Bible is clear on this issue, whether we like it or not. Our job is not to question the Creator of the Universe. It is to learn obedience. Do I know the reasons for everything? No. But I do know that hind site is 20/20, and I am not going to wait to get to Heaven to find out.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
4. This is pretty self explanatory, but don’t have an affair
If you are having a rough time with your spouse, don’t go places that temptations are right in your face. Once an affair happens your life will be forever changed, even if it was one very bad mistake.
Whatever you are going through, if you are caught in a cycle of sexual immorality, there is hope. That is one of the many great things about God, there is always hope, and each day is a new day. I am so thankful for that. But the truth is, even with tomorrow being a new day, it is only going to be different if you start making conscience efforts to do something different than you did the day before. I pray that you receive strength, as you walk forward in victory, and hope. It’s not about if we have gone through temptations, everyone has, it is if when we fall we are willing to get back up again.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13