Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. -1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Although we have come to accept premarital sex like the mailman not stopping by on Sunday, the bible makes it very clear where God stands on the subject. There are certain sins that have plagued this world since the beginning of time, sexual immorality being a top contender. With any physical sin that we commit, one can ponder what strong desire is the act fulfilling? When we overeat, there is a greed that needs to be relinquished; an abnormal hunger that can only be satisfied by pleasing our taste buds. An alcoholic may be masking a pain so deep that escaping their natural state of mind seems to be the only solution. When we engage in premarital sex there is a physical urge that yearns a touch, a sensation that soothes a spirit of lust. And with any sin, once that itch has been scratched once, we crave it again and again and again.
Everyone views sex differently. Some desire affection and therefore experience an emotional connection with their partner. Others want a quick fix, a climax to a low start. Casual sex today is the norm; it appears on the most random shows and movies. Creators don’t think it’s possible for entertainment to sell without sex. We heavily promote something that births so many scars. We view sex as common as fixing lunch. But just like hitting the bottle and getting behind the wheel, we don’t realize the effects of our acts until we collide with the driver in front of us.
The permanent consequences of sex far outweigh the temporary pleasures. We think that we are invincible, especially in our youth. We don’t consider that many people who contract HIV and herpes are just like us. The young girl who became pregnant at 16 only had sex with one partner twice and now she finds herself in a predicament that her young mind cannot wrap itself around. And the heartache of being played by someone you gave your body to can cut just as deep as an STD. It is so hard to teach the severity of these consequences because people don’t think it’s possible until it happens to them. And even when it does, it’s so easy to fall back into a trap once it’s grabbed us by the tail.
We neglect the strength to resist an internal desire for an internal wholeness. We rely on physical crutches rather than spiritual elevation. But it is possible to challenge any mental attack by training our mind. Just as we teach our toddlers to resist the urge to touch objects that may harm them, we must do the same. We are much like babies in that we want to taste everything once and upon tasting it cannot get enough. But I believe there is a generation of individuals who are stronger than the world. We have trained our minds to align with the Spirit of God. I promise that once you do so, you will no longer find yourself in situations that can cause you to stumble and if you do, the victory of resisting temptation will be so much more rewarding than the guilt and condemnation of returning to past behavior.
We no longer rely on the famous quote, “God knows my heart.” We live by the statement, “God knows my actions and they align with my heart.” Taste and see that the Lord is good and His love is so much sweeter than anything you have tasted.
-Renée Nicole Gibson Twitter: disclosednative IG: ms_disclosednative