God calls us back to him through Jesus. We live with the same misunderstandings that this church had. The gospel offers us solutions. It’s about God who took on a human body.
Bodies: made for God
The body isn’t meant for sexual immorality. They were made for God to use, not to satisfy physical urges. There’s something unique about human bodies. It’s a generous gift from God. Lust is like greed. The desire for sexual excitement grows the more you feed it. It consumes and controls. Christians aren’t meant to let their bodies master them. Every person is there to serve. We can speak in a way that affects their eternity. Sex is spiritual. Paul quotes Genesis. Sex unites you to someone. It’s a picture of how Jesus loves his people. A united oneness. It does change something forever. Marriage doesn’t solve lust. Sex in marriage is about expressing in a physical way now Christ’s relationship with the church.
Paul says our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is always full of grace. It’s his spirit that lives in our bodies. We are bought with a price. We’ve all messed up. We are all guilty of not seeing people as image bearers of God. Jesus lives in your life. Fight for control by asking for help. You’re not in the dark.
Bodies: made for others
Our bodies are made to love. We have in Jesus a model for how to use our bodies. The only experience you have of this world now comes through your body. Self control of your body can be learned. The Lord stands with anyone who is taken advantage of. You only have your body to love others. However long you have it, you have it to love. The place where God lives should show what God is like.
Because of Jesus, nothing is too bad. You are his. Fight against lust alongside him. We all stand the same way. We are all right with God because of Jesus giving himself. We are choosing to worship the God who chose a physical body so he could give.