A fresh start
I want to set the tone for this series. Because a relationship series can be discouraging. All of the shoulda, coulda, wouldas come to mind. Especially if you’ve been working on your relationship for awhile. But I want you to remember that we serve a God whose mercies begin afresh each morning.
Purity is a thing
Sexual immorality comes from the Greek word “pornia” (where we get our modern English word pornography). In this message, Pastor JJ uses a visual illustration to get a point across: When a fire is made outdoors, it’s a good thing. Who doesn’t love a good campfire in the fall? When fire is made indoors, it’s a bad thing. Things burn down and it causes chaos. Well, just like fire, passions need parameters. So passion isn’t the issue, but the time and place where it occurs is an issue.
Purity matters. When we get this right and we allow our passions to burn bright in the right place, life and intimate relationships take on a whole new meaning with freedom and fulfillment. Passion turns into something that is Holy instead of shameful.
Most of us aren’t experiencing this.
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.Hebrews 13:4 (NIV)
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God…1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, 7 (NIV)
Flee from sexual immorality… You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (NIV)