Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 6.
God did not give us bodies so we could be involved in sexual immorality. Expanding that point, we recognize God didn’t give us our bodies so we could do whatever we pleased with them. Rather, He gave us bodies so we could serve Him with them. The body is for the Lord. But also note that the Lord is for the body. In other words, any restrictions or requirements God gives us are actually for our benefit. After all, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Whatever God tells us to do with those bodies will be for our good because that is also for God’s good. Further, what God tells us is for His good will be for ours as well. He is glorified in our bodies not by putting us down or diminishing our bodies, but by lifting us up in our bodies. Therefore, let’s be excited to glorify God in our bodies. That will be best not only for God, but for us as well.
Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Corinthians 7.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, Paul shares one of the most difficult principles for interpersonal relationships. Jesus was willing to suffer wrong and be defrauded by all mankind in order to save mankind. How much more should we be willing to suffer wrong and be defrauded by our brothers and sisters? This is not permission for brethren to take advantage of each other. In fact, it is the exact opposite. Paul’s point is it is way better to be defrauded and be taken advantage of than to be the one who defrauds, wrongs, and takes advantage of others. The point is we children of God don’t spend our days demanding our rights and trying to grasp and claw at everything we can possibly get our hands on from others. In fact, we love others enough that we will put up with being wronged by them rather than responding in kind. That is hard. May I encourage you to start working on that now even in your own home with your biological brothers and sisters. That might help it be easier when you have grown and are dealing with spiritual brothers and sisters. It’s tough. But one day when you receive the true reward, you will praise God and know He was worth it.