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Love & Relationships Day 3

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Scripture:Ephesians 5:13 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.

Devotional: This is a landmark passage when it comes to what your life looks like in regard to sexual sin and immorality.  There should not even be a hint. 

Sometimes people wonder, “how far can I go without actually sinning?” The inference there is how close to the edge cliff can I step without falling over?  This passage is clear that you must completely avoid the cliff. 

If you play with fire, you will get burned. So don’t play with fire. 

Reflect:

  • What “hints” of sexual immorality, impurity, or greed have you allowed into your life?
  • What steps do you need to take to rid yourself of these?

Love & Relationships Day 2

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Scripture:Colossians 3:5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires.

Devotional: In today’s passage we are warned not to have anything to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust and evil desires. But it might be helpful as we make our way through this week’s devotions, to define sexual immorality. Not all sex is immoral.  In fact, as we saw yesterday, God created sex as a very moral, holy and beautiful act between two people who have committed themselves to the marital covenant.

Sex becomes immoral when it moves outside of its created context.  It can be compared to a fire contained in a fireplace or firepit that is useful and good. But when it begins to burn outside of that, it becomes out of control; damaging and destroying everything in its path.

We’re also given a hint about sexual immorality when we see its companions mentioned in this passage: impurity, lust and evil desires.  All of these have something in common; at their very nature is selfishness.  And that is the opposite of who God is and how He operates.  Each of these start and feed themselves with an insatiable desire that eventually consumes and destroys the one who gives themselves over to it. 

That’s precisely why the warning is there to put to death these things in your life.

Reflect:

  • How have you viewed sexual immorality? Is it something you are committed to put to death and avoid?  Or is it a struggle? 
  • Ask God to open your eyes to the truth about sexual immorality, what it is, and what it does to you.

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