Our sexuality is a gift from God. Fight for Purity!
by Christian Ongtangco
I remember a few weeks ago a friend of mine ask me a question which I want blog about today. The question was “Now that you (Me and Ayi) are in a relationship, we’re there any temptations? Whoa! I admire my friend for asking that question showing real concern for us. And I really thank God for surrounding us with friends who love us and are really there to support and encourage, mentor, inspire us and pray for us. (I also thank God for our leaders and friends who exemplified Godly lives, worth emulating of whom both of us are so blessed and inspired to have known.) Grabe lalim ng English ko hehe!
So how did I answer my friend’s question? I said “Ah Yes, Oo naman”. All the more now that We have known each other more and we’re both “in love” with one another, the enemy, our sinful nature is there lurking around finding for opportunities to “steal, kill and destroy this God given relationship. So may I present to everyone reading this blog “We are at war ! “ against sin, against sexual immorality.
God warns us about sexual immorality. In Ephesians 5:3-7 (NIV) God’s word warns us specifically about sexual immorality. “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”.
Sexual immorality can control one’s life. What takes root through the power of suggestion quickly overtakes one’s entire life. Sexual immorality is sharing God’s gift with anyone other than your marriage partner. The word for sexual immorality covers everything including premarital sexual relations, adultery, pornography, living together without marriage, and more.
Sexual immorality is a false promise. It promises happiness, but never delivers happiness. It promises deeper love and intimacy, but leaves one empty and broken. If you were a thinking intelligent person, you would pay attention to the place that sexual immorality has brought its own practitioners. Does promiscuity satisfy? Does fornication build a stronger marriage? Does adultery lead to happiness? Does pornography satisfy the soul? Does it bring healing and wholeness? the answer is a big NO.
Sexual sin stirs the wrath of God. And it deeply angers God. It profanes his holy name. In Ephesians 5:6 (NIV) Paul says, “because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.” More importantly, It breaks the heart of our loving God. He desires and wants the best for us at the right time.
Our sinful nature is awfully powerful. All sin, but especially sexual sin, can be captivating and alluring and powerful. It is so easy for us to push out into the currents of the sinful nature. It is so easy to be fall into the trap of lust. It is so easy to let our curiosity get the best of us. It is easy to cast aside all judgment and constraint, to silence our conscience, and to drift far beyond the boundaries that God has set for us. Dami na kinailangang ikasal kaagad unprepared and hindi pa sila ready.
With the click of a mouse, with the touch of a remote, with the turn of a page, with the curious second glance at a stranger, with an inviting gaze into another’s eyes, with a few seemingly careless words and innocent gestures, with the careful recalculation of our steps to place ourselves at temptation’s door, we can easily be swept downstream, far away, to a place of no return.
Sexual immorality impacts everyone. No one is exempt. It is a male problem. It is a female problem. It is a youth problem. It is an adult problem. It is a problem for singles and for married couples. It is a problem among senior citizens. When Paul says that there should not be even a hint of sexual immorality among us, he doesn’t put any qualifiers on it. This word applies to everyone.
Our sexuality is a gift from God. Our sexuality when used according to God’s design, these good gifts bring joy and happiness. But when these good gifts are abused, they produce brokenness and sorrow. When God’s design is abandoned, our sexuality can become a kind of curse. When handled incorrectly, sexuality can produce brokenness and sorrow, cause pain, decimate life’s relationships, corrupt the heart, mind, body and soul, and steal us away from God himself. We live or die according to God’s design. We can either move deeper into joy and happiness by living within God’s will or we can break ourselves against God’s design. Pre-marital sex is not God’s plan for us. Sex at the right time is God glorifying. It’s part of His good ,pleasing and perfect will for us.
If you find yourself weak in this area, only God’s grace can help us and enable us to win war against lust but we got to declare war against sin first. Know that you are not beyond the grace of God. God wants to forgive you. He wants to fill you with his Holy Spirit to give you power and strength. He wants to purify you from all unrighteousness
We choose to enjoy God. Our holiness is the fruit of delighting ourselves to Him. Good news, victory is already made available for us to claim. We have God’s help, His saving grace, and His salvation. Let us always keep in mind that everyday we are at war with sin, The devil’s plans and schemes, But God’s spirit is always there to remind us, warn us, strengthen, and teach us to say NO to any ungodliness and worldly passion to grant us victory. Victory is ours,so let’s claim it everyday. Pray unceasingly for the mind of Christ to keep us from any form of sin. We (Me and Ayi) really like this next verse, we even memorize it.
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” – Titus 2:11-12
Everyone can be the devil’s target. You are not alone in this fight. Join us.We will fight this battle for purity and holiness against the sin of lust by the SUFFICIENT GRACE of God because He loves us so much and apart from Him we can do nothing. May our lives always bring honor and glory to Him.
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