TUESDAY January 16, 2018
Avoid Sexual Misconduct
It is good for a man not to touch a woman... - 1 Corinthians 7:1-2
Paul warned the Corinthian believers that a man should not touch a woman sexually outside of marriage. The word touch means “a physical relationship.” Paul was saying it was better to remain celibate. They needed to be pure before God and pure in the ministry––having a clean walk with God so they can keep active in ministry. However, Paul stressed that to avoid sexual misconduct, a man and a woman should marry.
If a man had a physical relationship with a young woman outside of marriage, then they would be disqualified from ministry––immediately. Understand, God does not disqualify a person; they disqualify themselves. It is especially sad to see young men who get disqualified. I think about all the wasted opportunities. God was raising them up into the ministry, and they were being trained but they got disqualified––sad. God gave to them amazing gifts and talents, they had so much potential, yet the prospects and possibilities were completely missed––big time.
Many people think they will never fall, but I have seen so many people fall into sexual sin. Falling into sexual sin can happen when a person is lonely and they begin to look for love. Then they get themselves into a very difficult predicament.
Pastor Chuck Smith believed that people can be restored over a period of time. However, he would wisely take into consideration the person’s problems and situations. How did the incident happen? What were the circumstances? Have they been honest in coming forward to confess their sin? Was there true repentance seen in the person’s life?
Marriage is more than finding the right person;
it is being the right person.
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