Scripture: Ephesians 2:3 Ephesians 2:8-10
Observation: God created us, we don't always do what we're supposed to, but He forgives us and loves us anyway.
Application: Song of Solomon speaks intimately about love and sex as God intended it. The passion that a husband and wife have for each other is God designed because the Bibles says "For we are his workmanship". He created us as male and female. He designed sex and intimacy to bond men and women to each other in a physical and emotional way. However, even the workmanship of God becomes flawed when people are given free will to choose and live out choices that are not part of God's plan. We live in a society that preaches and encourages people to "live in the passions of our flesh, carry out the desires of the body and the mind". Casual sex is promoted on tv, magazine covers, and expected among teens. Pornography, explicit movies, and raunchy song lyrics have leaked into mainstream acceptance and the widespread use of the internet means that access to vehicles to carry out the desires of the mind are never more than a few keystrokes and clicks away.
However, we are not doomed. Despite society pressure to belittle the effects of casual sex, growing acceptance and glorification of porn, and movies and advertising pushing the line of lewd behaviour we have redemption. All the good works and avoidance of the bad stuff are never enough to save us. We need more. God offers us the gift of a new start. Even if we have dabbled into the desires of the body and mind and lost our way we are not lost forever. When we accept God's gift of salvation we receive, by faith, his grace allows us a clean slate. Ephesians 2: 10 says: We are "
Prayer: Dear Lord, How amazing are our bodies which you created? The desire of a husband and wife for each other unites them physically but also emotionally in a way that cannot be by accident. Lord, we have taken something sacred and made it unholy. The beauty of sex has been marred by the commonness of it. It has become no longer sacred but ordinary or twisted and splashed over every billboard, movie, and magazine. Help us to recognize this. Let us not become immune to society's desire to make sex nothing more than an act to satisfy the flesh. And when we don't walk in the ways we should and we sin with our bodies or our minds, bring it to our conscience and may that lead to repentance. Amen.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 1 Samuel 1-3; Ephesians 3