Confession: I've not been keeping up with the Lent Meditations. But this morning I had no idea where to go in the Bible, so I decided to check the list of Scripture passages in the Lent Meditations schedule. And today's is 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.
"Everything is permissible for me"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"--but I will not be mastered by anything. "Food for the stomach and the stomach for food"--but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh." But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your body.
Bought with a price. Therefore honour God.
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Thoughts after church last night:
Testimonies of deliverance and miracles may seem incredulous and incredible, but if we really believe the truth of the Gospel, can we expect anything less? When Jesus walked on earth, many great things happened.
If Jesus is alive, shouldn't great things still happen?
We need to reclaim the 'legendary' dimension of our faith, simply because the King has yet to return. And it is hard for us to truly believe that this is really our Father's world, because it seems to be running without Him.
But sometimes echoes of another world do shake ours, and we wait. Perhaps Frederick Buechner put it best when he wrote, "Even at our most believing, I think, we have our serious reservations just as even at our most unbelieving we tend to cast a wistful glance over our shoulders."
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I'm glad Li-Shia found it. At last.
The pledge remains till this Thursday. I won't forget.