This past week, we have looked a little closer at God’s commandment of “You should not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). One principle to always remember and live by that can help protect us from this, is setting Godly boundaries. God instructs us in 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 to avoid sexual immorality, that we should control our body in a way that is holy and set apart.
When I was a teenager, I always heard those wiser and deeper in faith say to “set boundaries that will honor the Lord” and now as an adult, I find myself telling close friends to set boundaries in order to not give the enemy a foot hold, as Ephesians 4:27 states.
I look at today’s culture and I am saddened by how accessible everything is. Most of today’s youth are using social media to explore sexuality, one in three women and 72% of men are watching pornography. It is available everywhere and when looking with a spiritual eye, I am confident it is the enemy at work. His goal is not for you to turn your back on God but for you to forget Him and when we give into sin, we do just that; we forget the cross.
God’s word clearly states that it is within His will or His desire, for our lives to not look like the world around us. What is that to you? Your world may look different than mine. I may not struggle with pornography, or experiencing sexuality with someone else, outside of marriage, but I know that some do, and it can be a struggle that leads us down a sinful path and can ultimately kill us. James 1 states “but each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death” (NASB).
God’s instruction in 1 Thessalonians 3 is not to cause us to think we cannot have fun or enjoy life, but to protect us from spiritual death. When we give into sin and allow it to take us down a path, we find ourselves putting a wall between the Lord and ourselves, and though He loves us still, He wants to protect us from building that wall of separation. Even for a moment. So take God’s instructions and set boundaries that will sustain holiness.