Healing from Sexual Sin

Read This: “He heals the brokenhearted, and bandages their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

Think: Life throws curve balls. Just when we’re getting the hang of things and we’re starting to feel like we’ve got it under control, something happens that brings us back to our knees. We’re reminded that we were never in control, but we walk with the One who is.

Everyone makes mistakes. Romans 3:23 says “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Sin is sin, and Jesus died for each and every one of them. However, some of those sins have greater consequences than others and our hearts break for those who get tangled up in it. Sexual sins have the power to destroy lives. Paul warns us, “Flee sexual immorality! Every sin a person commits is outside the body—but the immoral person sins against his own body.” As Christians, our body is called the temple of the Holy Spirit, and everything we do to or with our body we’re doing to God’s temple.

As parents, mentors, and church leaders we need to be intentional about teaching our kids about God’s plan for sex. This doesn’t happen in one 15 minute conversation, but as an ongoing discussion. Our culture is saturated with sexuality and kids can’t escape or ignore constantly being bombarded with messages pointing them towards sex. Satan is eager to beat us to the punch, and we do our youth a disservice if we’re content to play defense.

At the same time, let’s love kids through these mistakes. Yes, sexual sin is serious, but remember the debt has been paid and forgiveness is theirs for the taking. There is often so much guilt and shame when a person fails in this area that they feel like there’s no coming back, like they are just damaged goods. As the church we are the hands and feet of Christ; we should be rushing out to embrace the prodigals and help them find healing and restoration.

Ask: How can the church support families like the one featured in this video?

Pray: If you have children, spend time praying for God’s protection over them—physically, spiritually, and emotionally. If you don’t, pray for the same for the church’s youth, especially those who don’t have parents praying for them.

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