God's Design for Sexual Purity

February 1, 2024

"It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit." – 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8

In a world that often embraces instant gratification and seeks pleasure above all else, God's call to sexual purity before marriage may seem challenging and outdated. However, in 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8, we are reminded that sexual purity is not just a cultural norm or arbitrary rule, but a divine principle rooted in God's love and wisdom.

The apostle Paul urges us to live a sanctified life, set apart for God's purpose. He specifically addresses the issue of sexual immorality, emphasizing that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). Engaging in sexual activity outside the bounds of marriage not only disregards God's design, but it also hinders our relationship with Him.

God's call to sexual integrity is not to deprive us of pleasure, but rather to protect us from the harmful consequences of impurity. Our culture often portrays sex as a casual and recreational activity, but God intended it to be a sacred union reserved for the covenant of marriage. Within this commitment, sex becomes a beautiful expression of love, trust, and unity between a husband and wife.

Controlling our bodies in a holy and honorable manner may seem difficult, especially in a world that celebrates doing whatever feels good. Yet when we choose self-discipline and obedience to God's Word, we find true freedom.

At the end of the day, it is so important that we understand that God's instruction on sexual purity is a reflection of His love and desire for us to experience life to the fullest. Embracing this call to purity empowers us to live a holy and purposeful life, free from the burden of guilt and shame.

As we submit to God's will and honor His design, we find fulfillment and joy in the path He has set before us. So I encourage you to remain steadfast in your commitment to purity, trusting that God's plan for your life far surpasses any temporary pleasures the world may offer.

Dear Lord, when the world tries to convince me that sexual purity doesn’t matter, help me to cling to the truth and the promises in your word. Give me the strength and the self-control to pursue your best for me rather than what the world tries to convince me is best. Help me to flee from sexual immorality so that I might honor you with my body. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Topics: Self-Control

Bible Reference

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;
that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,
not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;
that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.
For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.
Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.