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Sexuality & Temptation in the Bible Part 4 of Let's Talk About Life & Sex

Sexuality

On TV and in the movies there are many messages that are communicated about sexuality that are not true. God created us as sexual beings and He knows best how we should operate. It is important that we know what the Bible says about sexuality. Some people treat sex as a recreational activity in dating and damage the relational bond that God intended for sex within marriage. Christian youth have the power of God to say “no” to premarital sex and “yes” to friendships and healthy relationships until God gives them a marriage partner.

Read Romans 13:8-14, 1 Corinthians 6:12-28, 9:24-27

When we think about our bodies as being living sacrifices for God, what implications does this have for dating and sexual conduct?
What can we do to glorify God when tempted to have sex outside of marriage?
How does sexual sin cause harm to one’s neighbour?
What decisions can a single person make today that will help him / her prepare to be the best possible partner for a future spouse?

Falling into Temptation

The consequences of falling into sexual sin are enormous at a physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual level. We have all heard of individuals, families and entire churches that have been torn apart because of sexual sin.

In 2 Samuel 13-18 we read of the heartbreaking account of King David’s fall into sexual sin and the resulting deterioration in his family. Death, rape, incest, murder and betrayal all entered the home of David. He was a broken-hearted man and his grief was deeper because he knew that he had started the whole thing. Galatians 6:7-8 tells us that a man will reap what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature will reap destruction. Psalm 51 is written by David and is a wonderful encouragement for anyone who has fallen into sexual sin – that God will forgive and restore those who repent.

Read 2 Samuel 12, Psalm 51,1 John 1:9

What was David’s response to sin?
What could be the consequences for those who fall into sexual sin today?
How could sexual activity before marriage create relationship problems with someone’s future marriage partner?

Victory over Temptation

God has given believers in Christ the power of the Holy Spirit to live in a way that pleases God in every way. We need to be aware that the flesh, the world and Satan work against us daily to tempt us to sin. We need to be aware and have a strategy predetermined to fight against temptation. James 1:13-15 tells us that all sin starts in the mind, so we must be very careful about our thought life. The question in temptation is not, “How far can a Christian go and not sin?” Rather, the Christian asks a different question – “What is the most beneficial way for me to act so that God is glorified?”

Read Romans 12:1-2, 1 Peter 1:13-16, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 6:12-20

What are good standards for a man or woman to keep themselves sexually pure before marriage?
What are good standards for married people to keep for faithfulness in marriage?
What would Jesus want us to think about when faced with sexual temptation?
What are the means of grace that God has given us to fight against sexual sin?

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