We recently finished a study in Hebrews in our Wednesday night class. Hebrews is one of my favorite books in the bible and it is full of “spiritual meat”, words of encouragement and some very strong warnings. I have bolded some of the words in the text below for your consideration.
Heb 12:14-17 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears. Several article could be written on the area under discussion; living in peace with all men, being holy, missing the grace of God, bitter root, etc. There are many things to think about here, yet the one I really want to focus on is sexual immorality. This is no small thing to God and it shouldn’t be to us either.
Sexual immorality is pretty much the “norm” among most people today and considered to be acceptable by most people, so perhaps it is time to look again at how God views it.
Following are several admonishments and warnings against this particular sin. I encourage you not to skip over reading the passages on this subject and to contemplate the importance of them and to teach others the importance of living holy lives.
In 1 Cor 5:1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife.
1 Cor 6:13 The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
1 Cor 6:18-20 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
Rom 8:9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
I probably am most passionate in trying to keep others from committing the sins I have committed and the one of which I write today is no exception. I was guilty. I have always contended that I have this one thing in common with the apostle Paul; I was among the worst when it came to sin. 1 Tim 1:15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst.
Sometimes my sin was out of ignorance, other times rebellion. I pray that I could reach the hearts of people today, especially our youth. Unholy living is the main example portrayed in the world today, especially from the mainstream media. Even our elected officials who should be living a good example are full of lies, deceit and corruption. You and I can be partaking in unholy living simply by some things we decide to watch or read. Matt 5:28-29 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Of course we understand this applies also to a woman lusting after a man.
I am no longer a slave to sin, read Romans 6. I continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. 2 Pet 3:18
1 Thess 3:12-13 And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people. Amen.
I encourage you to read Heb 3:13, Heb 10:24,25, Det 29:18 I would also like to persuade you to help those who are struggling; share the gospel with them and share what with them how knowing Jesus has changed your life.