From Pastor’s Desk:
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NKJV)
A substantiating Scripture is James 1:14-15, “…each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” Pretty well hits the nail on the head, doesn’t it?
Another would be Matthew 5:29-30, “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”
Further, Paul says in Romans 6:12-13, “…do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”
It’s not a hint. Nor is it a suggestion. It is a principle that pertains to every walk of life, both secular and spiritually. If you are doing things you ought not to be doing, stop it! If you are not doing things you ought to be doing, start it! We are not our own, but rather, God’s.