Every deviant motive-whether lust of the flesh, lie, or false love- is a hijacker. It mimics some aspect of God. It unsurps some promise of God. Consider that about two-thirds of the psalms present God as “our refuge” in the midst of the troubles of life.
Many of us have sexual hang ups of some kind and those hang ups usually effect our healthy relationships with others. This text is balanced in the gift of sex for both victim and oppressor. Many times, those that have been victimized by sexual abuse became abusers themselves so the importance of expressing the gospel to both victim and oppressor is vital for healing.
The text helps the reader to uncover the root so that it can be removed and with replaced with the truth. The gospel can never be about behavior it must be about what is believed and what we pursue. Sex is a powerful tool, it sells, it is addictive but knowing God’s redemptive plan for sex keeps us focused on the good of sex. A shared intimacy with one that compliments the other.
How we look at sex reveals much about our hearts and the battle that lies within. How we see others as objects or created in the image of God. Sex is a gospel issue.
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