12th December 2016

Why Is Sexual Purity So Important

“Why is sexual purity so important?”God gave man and woman the joy and pleasure of sexual relations within the bounds of marriage, and the Bible is clear about the importance of maintaining sexual purity within the boundaries of that union between man and wifeEphesians 5:31

As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”.

 

Humans are well aware of the pleasing effect of this gift from God but have expanded it well beyond marriage and into virtually any circumstance. The secular world’s philosophy of “if it feels good, do it” pervades cultures, especially in the West, to the point where sexual purity is seen as archaic and unnecessary.Yet look at what God says about sexual purity.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, 7

God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin.Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor— not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways……….God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives..

This passage outlines God’s reasons for calling for sexual purity in the lives of His children. First, we are “sanctified” and for that reason, we are to avoid sexual immorality. The Greek word translated “sanctified” means literally “purified, made holy, consecrated [unto God].”

As Christians, we are to live a purified life because we have been made holy by the exchange of our sin for the righteousness of Christ on the cross and have been made completely new creations in Christ

2 Corinthians 5:17-21This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.  For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”  For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

 

Our old natures, with all their impurities, sexual and otherwise, have died and now the life we live, we live by faith in the One who died for us

Galatians 2:20.My old self has been crucified with Christ.[a] It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

To continue in sexual impurity (fornication) is to deny that and doing so is, in fact, a legitimate reason to question whether we have ever truly been born again.

Sanctification, the process by which we become more and more Christlike, is an essential evidence of the reality of our salvation.We also see the necessity of controlling our bodies in 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5.

God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin.Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor— not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways.

 

.When we give in to sexual immorality, we give evidence that the Holy Spirit is not indwelling us because we do not possess one of the fruits of the Spirit—self-control. All believers display the fruit of the Spirit to a greater or lesser degree depending on the length of time they have walked with God.

Galatians 5:22-23But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

 

Uncontrolled “passionate lust” is a work of the flesh, not of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:19When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,

 

So controlling our lusts and living sexually pure lives is essential to anyone who professes to know Christ. In doing so, we honor God with our bodies.1 Corinthians 6:18-20Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.Don’t 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.

We know God’s rules and discipline reflect His love for us. Following what He says can only help us during our time on earth. By maintaining sexual purity before marriage, we avoid past emotional entanglements that may negatively affect present relationships and marriages. Further by keeping the marriage bed pure, we can experience unreserved love for our mates, which is surpassed only by God’s enormous love for us.

Hebrews 13:4Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.

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