The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
Thoughts for Today:[In our previous devotion, Paul began a discussion on the connectivity between acts in the body and the impact of those upon the spirit. In our passage today he continues this line of thought.]
The Corinthian culture widely held the belief that physical intimacy was nothing more than satisfying the needs of the body. Much like how eating satiates hunger pains, or drinking quenches thirst. However, Paul tells us it is not the same. When two people come together in physical intimacy, it joins their bodies, as well as their souls. In other words, it unites the very core of our being with our sexual partners, including that which belongs to God.
So why does God condemn sexual sin? Do you think He's just being difficult, archaic, or prudish? Of course not. God knows that sexual immorality has the power to destroy us completely -- physically, emotionally and spiritually. We humans underestimate its power. As a result, it has free rein to continue the wreckage of countless marriages, families, careers, churches, communities and even countries.
Questions to Ponder:The temptation of sexual immorality bombards us constantly. It's everywhere we look -- whether on the internet, television, magazines, or billboards. It's almost unavoidable. Sex outside of marriage is seen as normal, desirable, progressive, practical, and even the necessary satisfaction of a basic physical need. Have you become influenced by the onslaught of Satan's multimedia advertising campaign? What's your position regarding sex outside of marriage? Have you become too open-minded? Have you begun to believe the lies of Satan?