I have to admit we live in an age where sex is everywhere. You cannot turn on the TV without there being something sexual. Similarly sexual joking and gestures have become socially acceptable to many people. Anyone who tries to abstain from such things is seen as a conservative, up tight, and a self righteous person. Sex is everywhere. It makes me feel bad for those who struggle with sexual temptations because it is hard to get away from it. Similarly it is hard to talk about because if you are not talking to the right person others may end up encouraging you to partake in sexual sin. For so many people these days do not see it as wrong or bad. The Bible is rather harsh when it comes to sexual immorality. For sexual immorality destroys us.
I think I know why sexual immorality destroys us. For when someone lies to you, steels from you or cheats you it hurts. It stings. It makes you angry but all of these things are things external to your body. It is easy to separate yourself from the sin. But sexual sin is done to your body. It touches you. It is not so easy to separate yourself from sexual sin. For it penetrates in a different way. I think this is why sexual sin is so destructive. This is why sexual sin causes so much more havoc than someone telling you a lie or steeling money from you.
It can be challenging to guard your mind from sexual things when we are surrounded by it. It is even harder for those who struggle from sexual sin to abstain from it. But as much as sexual sin hurts our own bodies and minds it equally hurts others. It is a sin that has consequences on others. Those others are often innocents. So next time you find yourself struggling with sexual sin think about what you are doing to others. The next time you want to make a sexual joke in fun think about how that impacts others. The next time you look at someone else with lust think about what that lust could do to harm others. For sexual sin never brings anything but destruction.
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” Ephesians 5:1-3