3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4).
Yesterday we looked at sanctification in its general sense, but today we are looking at it very specifically according to its context here: “that you abstain from sexual immorality.” And we see concerning this that Paul gives three guidelines: 1) don’t let your body and sexual desires control you; 2) don’t treat sex like unbelievers do; and 3) don’t take advantage of others for your own sexual gratification.
All of these reflect an “impurity” that “God has not called us” to. Rather, growing in sanctification means: 1) taking control of our bodies and their sexual desires; 2) treating sex as the gift from God that it is; and 3) protecting others from engaging in sexual sins.
Lord, protect us and our children from sexual sins. Help us This Day to desire You above personal pleasure. Amen.