Sin Still Causes Pain
Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Key Verses: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable
When we read these words from the Bible: “The Lord will punish men for all such sin” (1 Thessalonians 4:6), we better find out what these sins are!
In today’s Scripture Reading, the apostle Paul instructs the Thessalonian Christ-followers on how to live holy lives. His top concern is the sexual sins of the flesh. Since the beginning of mankind, the lust of the flesh has been leading the way when it comes to sinful behavior.
Since the Bible describes our bodies as the “temple” of the Holy Spirit, we can see how we violate the temple in sexual sins. All other sins, according to the apostle, are outside the body, but sexual sin affects the inner soul.
When husbands and wives come together in the sexual experience, the Bible says we become one. In God’s eyes there is sacredness in this unity that we must never take lightly. Jesus pushed it further in its importance when He said that to “look upon a woman lustfully” was committing adultery.
Today’s Key Verses warn us that God punishes us for any sexual sins. Does God punish these sins differently than other sins? We do not know all the depths of these verses, but we can understand the importance of running from all sexual sins. If the evil one has enticed you to go down that path, turn quickly and repent. Stop all flirtation with this sin of the ages. It has ruined millions of souls who thought they could manage it!
Father, purge me of sin and make me whiter than snow! Empower me to live my life in a holy manner! In Jesus’s Name, amen.