“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age…” Titus 2:11-12 (ESV)
You see it in the movies, you read about it in books and magazines, it’s online, and frankly it is just all over the place. Premarital sex has become the “norm” for many this day and age, Christians and non-Christians included. I don’t know what has happened within the Christian culture where I see so many people sacrificing their souls on the altar of sex and lust…and then continually trying to justify their indulgences in their sin. Maybe this is you or maybe this is someone you know who struggles with this sin but regardless, this path is dangerous and will never leave anyone truly fulfilled. I may sound like I am being dramatic and “too hard” when talking about this subject, but I’ve been there and know the struggle of sexual sin all too well.
My dear sisters, I am not writing this to condemn you but to encourage you and have it be made known that there is hope that will free you from the bondage of sexual sin. Sinning in any way will never satisfy you; it will only leave you empty and wanting more. Although we know that we must take sin seriously, it must also be known that God can redeem anything (Colossians 1:13-14). Being fully satisfied in Him gives us the power to defeat our sin (John 6:35 & Psalm 107:9). God designed sex and specifically created it for marriage. It isn’t about what we feel is right, outdated, or just simply a dumb rule we can choose to follow or not. This is about honoring God with our bodies and becoming women who fear the Lord out of reverence for His holiness and goodness (Galatians 5:16). If you have sinned sexually in the past, there is forgiveness and redemption found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You are not, in any way, “damaged goods” but instead, made righteous through the blood of Jesus. God looks on you with favor and loves you with an everlasting love. Because of His grace, we can abide by His Truths and live our lives in a manner that is worthy of the Gospel.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness and many mercies. Create in me a pure heart and restore a steadfast spirit. Help me to always be reminded of Your goodness as I fight sin by abiding in Your Word. Do a work in me, Lord. Give me desires for the spirit and strength to forsake the flesh. I am forgiven, I am redeemed, and I am made new according to the Gospel. All the glory goes to You. Amen.
Are you walking by the Spirit or abiding in the flesh? What are some ways that you can actively fight the sin in your life? Meditate on Titus 2:11-12 today and reflect on the grace of God.