1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 - How Is Your Temple?
1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 (NLT) Dont 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, for God
bought you with a high price. So you must honor God
with your body.
Paul wrote these words to counter the
Corinthian sex obsession. "Run away from sexual sin!"
reads the prior sentence. "No other sin so clearly
affects the body as this one does. For sexual
immorality is a sin against your own body." (v.18
What a salmon scripture! No message swims
more up-stream than this one. You know the sexual
anthem of our day: "I'll do what I want. It's my
body." God's firm response? "No, it's not. It's
Be quick to understand, God is not
antisex. Dismiss any notion that God is antiaffection
and anti-intercourse. After all, he developed
the whole package. Sex was his idea. From his
perspective, sex is nothing short of holy.
He views sexual intimacy the way I view
our family Bible. Passed down from my father's
side, the volume is one hundred years old and
twelve inches thick. Replete with lithographs,
scribblings, and a family tree, it is, in my estimation,
beyond value. Hence, I use it carefully.
When I need a stepstool, I don't reach
for the Bible. If the foot of my bed breaks, I
don't use the family Bible as a prop. When we need
old paper for wrapping, we don't rip a sheet out
of this book. We reserve the heirloom for
special times and keep it in a chosen place.
Regard sex the same way - as a holy gift
to be opened in a special place at special
times. The special place is marriage, and the time
is with your spouse.
Casual sex, intimacy outside of marriage,
pulls the Corinthian ploy. It pretends we can give
the body and not affect the soul. We can't. We
humans are so intricately psychosomatic that
whatever touches the soma impacts the psyche as well.
The me-centered phrase "as long as no one gets
hurt" sounds noble, but the truth is, we don't
know who gets hurt. God-centered thinking rescues
us from the sex we thought would make us happy.
You may think your dalliances are harmless, and
years may pass before the x-rays reveal the
internal damage, but don't be fooled. Casual sex is a
diet of chocolate - it tastes good for a while,
but the imbalance can ruin you. Sex apart from
God's plan wounds the soul.
Your body, God's temple. Respect it. [Max
Lucado Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com]
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred