Updated: Aug 28, 2021
I encourage you to read through 1 Corinthians chapter 6 along with this quick devotional. Warning: this short study contains some PG13 topics
“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
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Because He is in me, my body becomes His temple. Everyone struggles with sin. No matter who you are or how righteous I, or others, may see myself, the fact is I am a sinner. When I struggle with thoughts or actions that would not glorify God, it is because of sin nature. God has given us the ability to overcome sin but that doesn’t mean we become sinless, not as long as we are living on this world.
This chapter in 1 Corinthians is specific to sexual sin but remember even a sinful thought that is never acted upon is still a sin. This is why we so desperately need a savior. The world around us continually confronts us with sinful things to think about. Whether it’s the latest gossip on twitter, the newest video on TicToc or the latest trend or challenge set out by any social, visual, or audio platform, our eyes and ears are flooded with temptation from every angle. Yes, even the news is presenting you with an opportunity to sin. Did you know that fear and worry are both sins?
Now I’m not saying we need to stop watching television or using social media altogether, but setting up boundaries for ourselves is a must. Just as I would clean and organize my home to receive any guest, I need to clean up my daily actions and thoughts because my body is God’s temple, I don’t want to be filling it up with things He wouldn’t approve of.
Sometimes that means setting certain people at a distance. You know, the ones you shouldn’t be spending time with because they lead your thoughts and actions astray. No I’m not saying we should get rid of our friends, but if our friends are leading us down the wrong path we need to rethink our relationships. Are my friends believers? If so, I should definitely not abandon them, but come alongside them and remind them that together we serve Christ and we need to reflect that in our lives. If my friends are not believers, it’s my responsibility to be a light to them, not be caught up in questionable situation or inappropriate conversations.
So, today I challenge you to remove something or change something in your life that may cause your mind or body to move in the wrong direction. Remember first who we serve, Jesus Christ our Lord, and why we serve Him. Make sure that He is the God you represent in all that you say and do. Imagine yourself a walking temple and keep it holy because that is what we are.