A Way That Seems Right: Avoiding The Sin Against Our Own Body

Most of us want to walk in the right paths, and do the right things. Yet what may seem like the right thing to do, could actually be a pathway of sin and sorrow (Proverbs 14:12).

We are all familiar with sin and sorrow. Sinful actions are a sad reality in this corrupt world. Many would like to ignore it or deny it, but sinful actions are common to all. The Scriptures tell us:

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: … there is none that does good, no, not one. (Romans 3:10, 12b)

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way. (Isaiah 53:6)

The Scriptures reveal the truth about us. We are like sheep who have gone astray, and have all gone our own way.

Often we know the good and right thing to do, and yet we find ourselves stuck in the same position as the apostle Paul:

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19) For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want, is what I keep on doing. 20) Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 21) So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. (Romans 7:18-21)

As this passage teaches us, mastering our fleshly inclinations is not easy! When we want to do what is right, evil lies close at hand — which is why every one of us have given in to sinful actions, whether small ones or big ones.

Separation From God

All sin is an offense, a violation, against Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].

Regardless of whether we are aware of the offense or not, sin is an offense against God, and against His Word. Sin is a violation against God’s eternal laws:

Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law [the Torah]: for sin is the transgression (violation) of the law [the Torah – God’s teachings, instructions, and guidelines] (1John 3:4).

As a result of our sin, we are separated from Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]. (Isaiah 59:2) Being separated and distant from God is a very dreadful predicament! Why is that? Because without Him, we are like a fish-out-of-water, not knowing how to live a life that is secure and flourishing.

But because Yahuwah knows us so intimately, He tells us how to remain close to Him. Staying close to Him, by seeking to obey His instructions and guidelines, He then enables us in many ways [He gives us more grace] to know Him, and to experience His loving care, guidance, and help.

And because Father loves us, He gives us many warnings in the New Testament of certain sinful actions we should avoid. Perhaps the most destructive of these actions is the sin that violates our own body.

The Sin That Violates Our Own Body

As harmful and defiling as any sinful actions are, there is one sin that is a violation against our own body:

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is outside the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body. (1Corinthians 6:18)

As this verse teaches, the sin of ‘fornication’ is a sin that violates our own body. Fornication is a defiling and corrupting sin that assaults and poisons our own body. Fornication is doing physical harm to our own body. It affects the body in a way that no other sin does! The consequences for violating the body through fornication are serious and devastating!

But what does the word fornication actually mean?

For·ni·ca’·tion

  • Voluntary sexual intercourse between persons not married to each other;
  • Extramarital sex (adultery) that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations;
  • Whoredom – prostitution – to have sexual relations for pay or advantage;
  • Incest – sexual relations with a family member;
  • It can also have the meaning of forsaking God and following after idols, or making other things or people of greater importance than God.

Sadly and tragically, sexual sins and perversions are commonplace in our modern culture. For many, fornication seems to be the ‘normal’ thing to do. Multitudes today are deceived in this all-important and very significant area of life. As a result, many experience the heart-breaking and grieving defilement of sinning against their own body.

An Intimate, Loving Interaction Within Marriage

The sexual act itself, according to Scripture, is an intimate, loving interaction that is to be confined and contained within the marriage covenant, between a man and a woman:

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh (Ephesians 5:31; see also Genesis 2:24).

Now concerning the things whereof you wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2) Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband (1Corinthians 7:1-2).

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from [avoid] fornication: 4) That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel (body) in sanctification and honour (1Thessalonians 4:3-4).

These Scripture passages teach us that, from the beginning of time, God established marriage to be a covenant between a man and a woman. God’s Word tells us specifically that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that to avoid fornication, a man and woman should marry.

God created us with a desire for intimate, sexual relations, but He requires us to maintain self-control, and keep our sexual interactions within the boundary of the marriage covenant. The covenant of marriage is the God-given means by which we can maintain our body as a vessel of purity and honour.

To engage in sexual sins and perversions is to violate the guidelines given by Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] as written in His Word [the Bible] — the guidelines we need for living a life of well-being. As we saw in That It May Be Well With You, following Yahuwah’s instructions will always result in great blessings for us, as well as for others.

Specific Sexual Sins

Fornication includes very specific sexual sins, as revealed in God’s written Word. God warns us to avoid these sins! These sexual sins and perversions are listed in:

If we will carefully examine the above Scriptures, they clearly teach us that sexual sins are abominations and defilements. Sexual sins can rob us of our inheritance in the Kingdom of God, if we do not repent of (turn away from) these sins.

But why is avoiding this sin so important to God? It is because we are created in His image.

Created In The Image of God

Our unique and exceptional body is the special treasure chest that contains our precious spirit and soul. Father God has given us specific guidelines for maintaining our spirit, soul, and body, so we can be vessels of honour and mercy.

Since we are created in God’s image and according to His likeness, there is something about each person, spirit, soul, and body, that reflects the eternal and holy Creator, Yahuwah Elohim (Genesis 1:26-28). Each one of us is a unique expression of the Living God who created us, and so it is through our actions, that we bear witness of God. Thus it is by our actions, that we are either true witnesses or false witnesses, of who God is.

When we become Born-Again, our body becomes the Temple of the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit comes to indwell us. It is God’s supreme purpose for us to walk before Him in purity, humility, and obedience, and to maintain a clean and pure vessel (our body).

But we must make the decision to keep our body pure and free from defilements such as fornication. Maintaining a lifestyle of purity insures the constant presence of the Holy Spirit within our midst.

However, maintaining a life of purity is not easy! Maintaining a life of purity can be a lonely and difficult pathway! A life of purity requires a determined decision to strictly guard ourselves, always seeking God’s strength to live according to His guidelines. It takes great diligence to keep our heart focused on following God’s ways (Proverbs 4:23).

Since fornication is so popular and so commonplace, there is much peer-pressure to challenge our resolve and determination to walk in purity.

But the blessings, the joy, and the relationship that we gain with the heavenly Father, far outweighs the hardships!! A life of purity provides us with an inner strength, greater understanding, and confidence, as well as a sense of comfort and peace. It is when we break that purity, that our body becomes defiled.

The Consequences of Defiling Our Body

Unfortunately, many of us are familiar with the consequences of having defiled our body in various ways. Many have learned the hard way, that what we do to our body in the natural realm can affect us for years to come.

Hospitals and rescue missions, as well as dark, hidden alley-ways, are full of people who are reaping the consequences of having defiled their bodies in one way or another. Defiling our body through fornication will usually, and most likely, lead to acquiring a sexually transmitted disease.

What are some common symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases? Common symptoms can include:

  • abnormal genital discharge,
  • burning during urination,
  • menstrual irregularities
  • lower abdominal pain or pain during intercourse,
  • swelling or pain in the testicles,
  • fever, headache, muscle aches,
  • fatigue, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea,
  • painless sores that usually appear on the genitals.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that 19 million new sexually transmitted disease infections occur each year, with almost half of them among young people, 15 to 24 years of age. Biological factors place women at greater risk than men for the most severe health consequences from sexually transmitted infections. [1]

When you have sex with someone, you are having sex with everyone they have had sex with for the last ten years, and everyone they and their partners have had sex with for the last ten years.” – C. Everett Koop, M.D., Former U.S. Surgeon General
(1Corinthians 6:16)

Many of us know the spiritual reality, that what we do in the natural realm has a tremendous connection to our spiritual condition. Whenever we make poor choices, we are grieved within our heart and soul. But the heavenly Father is also grieved tremendously whenever we do anything to our body that defiles our body.

In God’s eyes, it is a terrible evil for someone to ignore, scorn, mistreat, or harm the work of His hands, the workmanship of His creation, our amazing bodies:

Because they [the workers of iniquity] do not regard the works of Yahuwah [the LORD], the work of His hands, He will tear them down and build them up no more. (Psalms 28:5)

Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (1Corinthians 3:16-17)

As the above verses show us, those who harm God’s workmanship (their body, God’s temple) will learn that the consequences result in extreme heartache. An overwhelming, grievous sorrow affects every one involved!

But there is hope, along with cleansing and restoration, for those who turn away from defiling their body!

The Father’s Cleansing and Restoration

Let me proclaim the loving merciful kindness of our heavenly Father! He has created our amazing bodies in such a way, that when we begin to turn away from, and avoid further defiling of our body, then our amazing body begins to work at restoring itself!

If we have defiled our body through sexual sins (including also, the defilements of tobacco and illegal drugs) it is often because of ignorance or because of deep hurts within our soul. But, if we will begin to ask Father for His forgiveness, in the name of His Son, and ask for His help and deliverance; if we will begin to ask Him for His healing, then we will begin to gain the healing and restoration we need (1John 1:9).

God wants to heal and restore each one of us! He wants to bring us into a secure understanding of His lovingkindness and of His strength to help us!

Yahuwah is a loving, devoted Daddy, and He can, by His Holy Spirit, heal the broken in heart, and bind up our wounds (Psalms 147:3).

The Holy Spirit’s mission is to guide us into The Way of Truth, whereby we can discover the comfort of being a child of God, walking according to the truth of the Scriptures. We gain great comfort from being obedient to Yahuwah’s written Word [the Bible], because we begin to discover Father’s powerful cleansing and restoring of our spirit, soul, and body.

As we begin to turn to God, and turn away from sin, and receive His cleansing; as we begin to walk with Him in obedience, then we will discover His peace that is beyond all understanding! The Holy Spirit is The Comforter, and we will know His comfort and His strength to help us, when we begin to walk in His Ways!

We Are Valuable To God

Yahuwah wants us to see ourselves as He sees us — the beautiful, awesome, and excellent creation that He molded and built, when we were in our mother’s womb! He loves each one of us! We are important and valuable to Him!! And He desires a relationship with each one of us, so that His protection can be upon us.

May each one of us do our very best to maintain our body as a vessel of purity!

Let us diligently learn for ourselves what the Bible says for how to keep our body pure and free of defilements.

Let us cry out to God for His grace, His strength and enablement, to do only those things that are pleasing in His sight, so that our prayers will be heard (1John 3:22).

Let us begin to truly respect and protect this amazing vessel — our body, created in the image and likeness of God — the ‘treasure chest’ of our body.

Oh Father in heaven, thank you for the amazing body you have given me. Help me Father, to maintain a pure and honourable body. Father, give me Your strength and grace to avoid all defilements of my body. In the name of Your Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], I pray. Amen

Footnote:
[1] Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Color

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