Matthew 5:29-30

If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”

Sin. This word is so commonly used in the Church that we forget how dangerous sin really is. We have been forgiven and the weight of our sins no longer rests on our shoulders. However, we have been forgiven so we will go and sin no more. Yet so often, we give in to sin, especially when it feels good in the moment. Sex is a tricky kind of sin because it is the only act that is a sin, but eventually becomes acceptable and holy in marriage. Stealing — always a sin. Cheating — always a sin. Lying — always a sin. Murder — always a sin. No other act is a sin until a certain point in your life.

The definition of sin that has stuck with me the most is simply “missing the mark”. It means that God has his best in store for us and sin distracts us or steers us off course. Eventually, we may find ourselves in a whole lot of hurt because we have missed the mark. When I look at it this way, I realize that God isn’t out to torture me by telling me not to do all these things. He gives us freedom to make our own choices, but He also sets some guidelines for us to follow if we want to avoid unnecessary trouble. The choice is yours, and it’s an important one!

When it comes to sex, God wants it to be good! It was created to be an act of worship that bonds a husband and wife in a way nothing else can. However, since sin has entered in, our culture has twisted sex to be something that it’s not. We are missing the mark. Now sex is being perverted from what it was intended to be. Our culture is offering a watered down, cheap version of something meant to be so much better. This is why God encourages us to refrain from all sexual immorality – this includes what you do when no one else is around. This isn’t because God wants to punish you or torture you, but simply because God wants something better for you than anything this world has to offer you.

QUESTION 1. What does our culture communicate about sex, pornography, and masturbation?How does that align with God’s Word on these topics?
QUESTION 2. What are your thoughts and beliefs about sex, pornography, and masturbation? How does that align with God’s Word on these topics?
CHALLENGE: If you find yourself turning to things like pornography or sex to fulfill your own desires, seek out a trusted Christian mentor or leader who can walk with you as you pursue God’s best. Stop settling for cheap imitations of what God created to be better.
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