Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
In the corrupt moral standards of today’s permissive culture premarital and extramarital sex are considered acceptable in the eyes of man. The Word of God clearly declares a different standard and the grace of God makes possible living above the filth of the world. Christians fail at resisting temptation to sexual sin very often due to simple neglect of the plain commands of Scripture.
The Spirit of God addressed sexual immorality in two major passages (of course, these aren’t the only verses) when it addressed fornication in 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 and 1 Corinthians 6:13-20. Clear instruction is given on how to avoid sexual immorality if not neglected. The grace of God teaches restraints and denial of improper things (things to deny or not do) in order to live free Titus 2:11, 12. Grace doesn’t provide freedom to sin but freedom to choose what is right. The teachings of grace show us a path (or way) of freedom and actions to take but we need to take heed to them and obey them. The path is there (remember, Jesus is the way), but we have to choose to take it.
The neglect that often causes sexual immorality is:
- FAILING TO FLEE FORNICATION
(Stay away from certain settings, situations, and people; don’t make provision for your flesh to fail Romans 13:14).
1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body
- FORGETTING OUR BODY IS NOT JUST FOR SEX BUT FOR THE LORD & THE HOLY SPIRIT
1Corinthians 6:13, 19 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
- GIVING IN TO EVIL DESIRE & FAILING TO ABSTAIN
(To abstain means to keep and hold yourself from giving in to; learn the word “no” and deny worldly lust. First Peter 2:11 tells us to abstain from (keep yourself, hold yourself) from fleshly lusts which war against to soul. It is one thing for the enemy to start a warfare in our soul but quite another when we start it ourselves by indulging in fleshly lusts).
1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
- LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO POSSESS OUR BODY OR VESSEL
(Gain the mastery over; keeping our body, our outward man, under subjection to our spirit or inward man 1 Corinthians 9:27)
1Thessalonians 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
- DEFRAUDING OR GOING BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES OF MORAL PURITY WITH OTHERS
(Certain situations will never escalate or go beyond what your words will allow; stop flirting. If married don’t give to a stranger that which belongs only to one’s own spouse).
1 Thessalonians 4:6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.
- YIELDING TO UNCLEANNESS
(The yielding is in thought before deeds. Giving place to uncleanness in thought has to happen first before performing an unclean act; Think on things that are … pure… Philippians 4:8. The devil is not going to get you to commit fornication or adultery until he first gets to your mind).
1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
- DESPISING GOD AND HIS HOLY SPIRIT
(To despise is to reject, refuse, regard as invalid; and to think down upon. Resisting holiness is a personal sin of despising God and His Holy Spirit. Your anger against a restraint of grace in Scripture is against God and His Holy Spirit).
1 Thessalonians 4:8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit.