Something Being Legal Is Not A Stamp Of Approval From God

affairYes, you may be grown. You may like to think that you are s*xy. Yet just because it is legal and even socially encouraged to be promiscuous, it is a sin that God would not have us engage in. The latter is merely one example of many unhealthy behaviors that, though perfectly lawful, God tells us not to adopt. This brings us to our key text coming out of I Corinthians 6:12, 15 — 17 (KJV). The word of the Lord reads:

“12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any….15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

In the apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth, he stresses that Christians not do certain things for the sheer fact that it is legal and they have the capacity to do it. He continues to encourage the body of believers to not become slaves to sinful desires and inclinations of the flesh. To this end he states, “all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” In verses 9 and 10 just prior to this passage, Paul specifically names some sins that may not be against human law but that are against God’s law: fornication, idolatry, effeminacy, covetousness, and drunkenness. Beyond the obvious fact that God tells us not to, the apostle then proceeds to give a more in-depth explanation as to why we should not engage in such behaviors. Because believers are members of the body of Christ and Christ is holy, we must not defile The Body. Furthermore, what we engage in — whether it be good or bad — becomes a part of us. That is why we must be careful of what we take in with our eyes and ears and the activities that we partake in. In Paul’s examples, he says that whether one joins him or herself with a harlot or the spirit of the Lord, the two become one.

As we go about our days let us become more conscious not only of what we do but also what we allow into our spirits. The word of God tells us that we are in the world but not of the world — the light in the darkness. Though some things may be lawful or even a part of social culture, we cannot do what everyone else does. Our bodies are not our own but the temple of Christ. May we ask the Lord to give us the strength to put away those things of this world that are not of Him so that we may keep His temple holy.

Have a blessed day!


The founder of Your Black PoetsAyvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available soon on To receive Ayvaunn’s daily devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have your original poetry featured on Your Black Poets, click here.

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