1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Read Song of Solomon 8:4-10 and note the importance of waiting for marriage to have sex.
How do casual hookups affect people long term? What are you doing to actively pursue purity and to honor God sexually?
According to Dannah Gresh, casual hookups can lead to casualties. In an article for CNN titled Nothing Brief about a Hookup, the author presents a compelling scientific case for the bonding process that occurs between two people who have sex—a process of special chemicals being released during the encounter. She explains that “there’s nothing biologically brief about a hookup,” and that people can be emotionally scarred by sex outside of marriage.
Dannah argues from Scripture as well, pointing to 1 Corinthians 6. Paul states, “Don’t you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, ‘The two are united into one.’ But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him” (1 Corinthians 6:16-17). The quote Paul has inserted, pulled from Genesis 2:24, is preceded by these words, “This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife.”
From Genesis to Revelation we see God lovingly commanding His children to abstain from sex outside of marriage. Why? There are at least three reasons:
It denies and defies the sacredness and holiness of marriage—something that reflects Jesus’ intimate relationship with His bride the church (1 Corinthians 6:15; Ephesians 5:25,29-32). It creates a false bond that can end up causing emotional and relational pain (Genesis 2:24; 1 Corinthians 6:16). It reveals an impure heart that is not truly committed to God (1 Corinthians 6:9,13,18-20; Ephesians 5:3,8,10).
Dannah Gresh quotes Christian author Lauren Winner who writes, “Don’t you know that when you sleep with someone your body makes a promise whether you do or not?” Faith and science can sometimes appear to be in conflict. But when it comes to sexual immorality, there’s agreement. There’s nothing brief about a hookup.
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Isaiah 53:1-12
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