Run From Societal Norms

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Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “The two shall become one flesh.” But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:16-20

Most of us would shudder at having sex with a prostitute, especially a young person caught in sex-trafficking. In the first century Greek and Roman culture accepted and celebrated it. The Apostle Paul made a case against such behavior for Christians by contrasting immorality with spirituality. Societal norms ebb and flow because they are not anchored in God’s revealed will and ways, nor governed by the example of Jesus Christ. Today, we are tempted to “join ourselves” with other immoralities. Paul’s advice is mine as well, run! Why? Because I am to glorify God in my body, the same body that the Spirit of God now indwells. Holiness matters.

Is my lifestyle distinct and separate from societal norms? Is there any immorality in my life, quenching the full control of the Spirit of God?

Lord, as this day begins, may I glorify and reveal You in how I think and live. Please continue to heal those hurting and sick in my circle of friendships. May Kat and Raz enjoy their first days of marriage. Help me memorize and study for my test this week. And may the worship services back home be wonderful, uplifting and capturing the attention of heaven as those at Crossroads turn their hearts toward You, God.

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