S (Scripture) – 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
“Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price; therefore, glorify God in your body.” NASB
“There’s much more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, ‘The two become one.’ Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever – the kind of sex that can never ‘become one.’ There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for ‘becoming one’ with another. Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.” The Message
O (Observation) – Lord, it’s almost certain that our culture will stand in direct opposition to what You say on any given matter. The matter of our own bodies is a hotly contested issue – sexuality and sexual behavior, in particular. You say that sexual intimacy is reserved for the marriage bed, as a sacred act that brings together a husband and wife as one flesh. Our culture scoffs at such a “narrow” perspective – we have people who are married, yet commit acts of adultery. People who are married, yet have open sexual relationships with other people, sometimes at the same time. There are many perspectives held among members of the LGBTQ community. Far more many people than we realize lust after small children and engage in unspeakable acts of pedophilia. Prostitution has been a regular occupation since biblical times, reducing sexual intimacy to a transaction. The multi-billion dollar pornography industry employs thousands of people and has millions of subscribers worldwide. Others commit heinous acts of rape against unwilling victims. What is it about sexual intimacy that has our world so crazed?
A (Application) – Lord, You say that the mystery of sex, of two becoming one flesh, is sacred because it models our intimacy with You – Your Spirit in us, and our hearts entwined with Yours. For Christ-followers, our bodies are sacred places – You bought them with Your life when You died for us, and Your Holy Spirit resides within us. If we could just be obedient in this one area of life – of treating our bodies as sacred – we would experience a profound freedom, and closeness with not only our spouses, but with You. Sexual sin complicates everything. Our hearts are conflicted, our lustful desires take over our rational thought, and it hurts not only ourselves, but those around us. I wish someone would have told me this when I was younger, and I could have avoided mistakes and heartache. Despite what our culture says – that you can do whatever you want with “your” body – You say differently. May whatever we do with our bodies honor You always.
P (Prayer) – Heavenly Father, help us. Help us to see ourselves as You see us. Help us to feel Your Holy Spirit’s presence. May we honor You with our bodies in all that we do, knowing that we are Yours. May others be drawn to You because of our behavior and choices, rather than pushed away. Give us wisdom in this area of our lives, and may we have strength to overcome any temptation.