|Pure Intimacy||Addressing on-line sexual temptation|
|The Bondage of Sexual Freedom||Rom 1:20|
|Discovering Love||What is love?|
|Through Tough Times||Gal 6:5|
There's a miracle called - Friendship - that dwells in the heart. You don't know how it happens or when it gets started. But you know the special lift it always brings and you realise that Friendship is God's most precious gift!
Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us. Show your friends how much you care.
He was driving home one evening, on a two-lane
country road. Work, in this small mid-western community, was almost as slow as his beat-up
Pontiac. But he never quit looking. Ever since the Levis factory closed, he'd been
unemployed, and with winter raging on, the chill had finally hit home.
As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled
down her window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was
only just passing through. She couldn't thank him enough for coming to her aid. Joe just
smiled as he closed her trunk. She asked him how much she owed him. Any amount would have
been all right with her. She had already imagined all the awful things that could have
happened had he not stopped. Joe never thought twice about the money. This was not a job to
him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty who had given him a
hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to
act any other way. He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time
she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance that they
needed, and Joe added "...and think of me".
In our day sexual libertarianism has become so widespread as to become the norm in vast areas of society. This may mean lost contact with God, our creator, and our being out of touch with the one to whom we will give account to for every aspect of our lives after our death. This final encounter will be one of either immense joy - or indescribable anguish. What we do with our lives now will make the difference! (John 3:15-21).
If you are reading this, then you should know that this is a true message of the Bible:
If we should choose to ignore the wisdom of God as expressed to us in the Bible, then we could never say we weren't advised or warned. Therefore our eternal destiny comes down to our own decision making and response or rejection of God's truth. This article forms one part of that process!
So be careful how you respond in your heart. These may seem like harsh words, but they are an expression of love because their intention is to point the way from destructive outcomes to peace with God, and assurance of your eternal destiny with Him.
Why then does sexual permissiveness provoke the hostility and opposition of God? The wisdom of God expressed to us in the Bible says:
Dont try to be God yourself - which we would be doing if we attempt to define our own standards and values by a process of independence - that is, the rejecting of God's higher order in life. This is in reality the sin of idolatry ~ putting something else in the place of God in your life. The antidote to human pride and idolatry is the humbling of ourselves before God, by asking him to give us a soft heart which is able to respond to his input in our lives.
Engaging in sexual freedom is the abandoning of the constraints of God for our own independent pleasures, ie: our disregarding of God's moral order. As the Scripture above says, the outcome is a form of entropy: moving from constructiveness to a destructiveness, which hurts us and hurts God.
Lets look then at the beauty and constructiveness of sex in Gods moral order
Sex was created by God as one of the most beautiful and strongest of human experiences. He gave it for the bonding of relationship between one man and one woman (Matt 15:19) ~ who give themselves to each other at the highest level, which is marriage. This is the highest commitment of life after relationship with God himself. In this context a married couple share the deepest level of intimacy and take great pleasure in each other in the security of a permanent relationship. There is no fear of sex here, but a freedom to give and receive without risks. The ultimate outcome of such love sharing is a child. In its proper context this is the greatly desired fruit of a secure love relationship. In summary, God's creative purposes for sex are for the prospering of human relationship in marriage and for the creation of new life, our children.
That's why God calls sexual immorality sin. Degraded sex spoils God's beautiful gift to mankind.
Any violation or misuse of God's ways results in destructiveness. That's why God hates our involvement in what demeans and damages us. Let's look for a moment at the negative side
The risks and consequences of sexual immorality include the giving of aids and sexually transmitted diseases. Multiple sexual partners leads to the abandonment of relationships, betrayal of intimacy and divorce. Instead of creating life we destroy life in abortion. The sex trade prospers in the midst of a drug culture, placing a monetary value on human intimacy - at every risk and any cost. Because of the risk of aids children are stolen and plunged into death through sexual slavery for just a few short years. Their lives are sacrificed on the alter of sexual lust and money which elevates grubby dollars above the dignity of life. Dear friends, this could only be called the demonisation of sex.
If we step aside from God's purposes to any degree, we are descending from love and grace into abuse and destructiveness. If we start to sin without repentance - turning away from the ways of God - where will it end? We can never know where involvement in sexual immorality will end up!
Recently a man we know lost an excellent job and ended up publicly before the courts as a result of down-loading some child pornography from the web at work. He was hooked from a casual web search, resulting in great destructiveness and suffering for him and his family. No, we do not hold the reigns of sin apart from God, it will control us. Thats why the Bible calls us to turn to God:
Say yes to Gods plan. Don't ever say: "it's too late". No, with God the good news is that its not too late! For this very reason Jesus died for you - to take your sins to the cross on your behalf. Jesus has already done this for you as surely as if you were the only person who ever lived. Because of this fact of history, we can respond to God at both a heart and mind level.
Here is a prayer to use as an illustration of how we may approach God for a new start - right where we are at the moment:
On the following basis we may be completely confident that God hears our prayers and will lead us into a new restored life, where Jesus is central:
Safety from Sexually Transmitted Diseases.