Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.
Thoughts for Today:In Proverbs 6:32, Solomon made this observation about sexual immorality: "But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself." Although the consequences of all types of sin are severe, sexual sin has the unique characteristic of being the only that destroys the essence of what makes us who we are.
The Bible teaches that body, soul and spirit are three different components. A simple description would be: The body is our physical presence and corresponds to the five senses (sight, touch, taste, smell and sound). The soul is our personality, and is how we relate to the people around us. And finally, the spirit is our connection to God, which involves the eternal destination of all man-kind. All of these combined is what makes us who we are.
So what is the cost of sexual immorality? Why does it, unlike any other sin, carry such grave consequences? Because whenever we unite immorally with another person a part of our being is compromised. It is forever and irreplaceably lost. (Previously, verse 16: "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.'") In other words, every time we have an immoral sexual encounter, a small part of our very essence is stripped away as we become one with another's flesh, and we are less and less of the person God made us to be.
Questions to Ponder:So what does Paul teach about how to deal with the temptation of sexual immorality? It's not passive (look but don't act); rather he tells us to be aggressive -- "flee". Get out of there! Run from it and don't look back. All too often I see Christians who place themselves in potentially disastrous positions because they fail to follow Paul's simple instructions. Is there a "Facebook" invitation you need to ignore or deny? Does a "LinkedIn" business contact have questionable motives? Is a neighbor becoming a bit too "friendly"? Paul tells us to flee in all these circumstances. Will you get moving today?