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Emotions In The Bible About Sexual Desire
What Are Bible Verses About Sexual Desire?
Sexual Desire is a natural emotion that is created by the body and the mind, but that doesn’t mean it is something to be acted upon without restraint. Many people believe that being a Christian means having no sexual desires, but it’s important to remember that there is a difference between allowing these feelings to be expressed within the bounds of a marriage and practicing immoral sexual behavior. The Bible speaks directly about sexual desire, providing us with clear guidance on how to express it appropriately and within the will of God.
In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Paul speaks to the people at Corinth and implores them to resist sexual immorality. He says, “Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters and adulterers – none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” Paul warns very clearly here that those who decide to indulge in sexual immorality are not fit to inherit the kingdom of God. He also reminds them of the power of God’s grace–that even when someone has sinned, there is redemption and a path to forgiveness.
Paul also speaks about sexual desires in Ephesians 5:3-4. He says, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.” Here, Paul is reminding the church that no matter how strong the temptation, they are not to indulge in any kind of sexual immorality or impurity. In addition, he warns them not to joke about it or read materials that would stir up those feelings.
Finally, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 says, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor…”. Here Paul is speaking directly to the people’s hearts, reminding them that they are to control their bodies and to stay away from all forms of sexual immorality. He speaks of the sanctity of marriage, reminding them to keep all of their sexual desires within the bounds of marriage.
The Bible speaks directly to the issue of sexual desire and lays out clear guidelines for how it should be expressed. It’s important to remember that sexual desire is a natural emotion and that it doesn’t have to lead to sin. Instead, it should be expressed within the confines of marriage, and all lustful thoughts should be brought before God so that through His grace, a person can find redemption. By following these guidelines, we can live lives of holiness and honor and be pleasing to God.