Friday 1.15 | Sexuality

“All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:18

Eugene Peterson, the author of The Message, expands on this verse in this way:

“There’s 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.”

Sexual sin has many different expressions, but the result of all of them is a vast emptiness—we are seeking union and intimacy with someone who isn’t God, in a way that God has not ordained, and this harms our very souls and bodies.

God wants to hear from you today, whether you have wounds that need healing, addictions that need breaking, or unhealthy relationships that need mending. Surrender to him your hurt, your fear, and your desires. Allow him to speak intimate words of love over you: He is the only one who can satisfy your deepest desires.

Take 10 minutes to reflect on the ways sexual sin has impacted your life, and pray for God’s forgiveness, healing, and restoration.

Pray also for God to move in places of vast brokenness, such as the pornography industry, sex-trafficking rings and child exploitation, and widespread sexual abuse.