“Keep Holy The Temple Of The Holy Spirit!”(I Cor.6:12-20).
Each Christian constitutes the body of Christ with his/her body and spirit. As such, when we feel that we are free to do as we want, we have to ask self, “How does my action benefit the body of Christ?”
Paul states that a glorious riches of God’s mystery has been made known to us his chosen. This mystery is “Christ in you, the hope of glory”(Col.1:27). Furthermore John says, “the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”(I Jn.4:4).
In Corinth where sexual immorality was rife, Paul asked them, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honour God with your body.”
Our bodies are members of Christ himself and should not be taken and united with a prostitute. As a strong admonition Paul shouts out that we should “flee from sexual immorality” because it is the only sin that is committed against one’s own body.
The developed world advocates for Human rights in almost everything and that is just what Paul is decrying against, that even when everything is permissible, they are not necessarily beneficial. We should not become slaves to things just because they are permissible.
Advocating for lesbian gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ & now, +2) rights is an advocacy for the desecration of the temple of God.
Sexual promiscuity within and out of marriage is not only when two bodies meet, it is also in lust; for “anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart”(Mt.5:27). And this explains why those who accused the woman caught in adultery couldn’t throw the first stone at her(Jn.7:53-8:11).
Dear friend this week we are called upon each day to eradicate one sin. It all boils down to one’s personal relationship with God, one’s consciousness of God’s continuous presence and it is about the light within.
In Christ we are free, but we abuse the freedom when we use it to gratify the flesh, ignoring the fact that our bodies have been united to Christ.
If we do not tame the flesh, we cannot have any spiritual alignment with God in Christ.
Prayer: Holy Spirit purge out anything within me that makes my body an uncomfortable temple for you. Amen!
Have a blessed day! Peace be with you!
Prayer point: Pray not to abuse the freedom you have in Christ Jesus.
Rev Babila Fochang.