Faye Bryant

You do not belong to yourself

Paul wrote in this letter to the Believers at Corinth – a huge trading city, entertaining all sorts of pagan religions and rites – talking about living in obedience to Christ.

Shifting from living as the pagan culture around them was difficult for some of the Church at Corinth and Paul addresses that in his letters. Here he is talking about what they did with their bodies. In their culture, prostitution wasn’t a big deal. They even had prostitutes who served as part of the rites at some of the temples.

Paul is battling the thinking that promiscuous behavior is okay.

He doesn’t use a morality ploy. The people don’t see this as immoral. Instead he reminds them of whose they are.

He wrote, “You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’ — but not everything is good for you. And even though ‘I am allowed to do anything,’ I must not become a slave to anything.”

We absolutely do have freedom in Christ. But just like it’s not right to yell “FIRE!” in a crowded theater, using our bodies for sexual immorality isn’t either.

Paul talks about how when we join our bodies sexually, we bond our souls. We become one body with that person. It’s not a physical thing — we can physically walk away and there’s no problem, unless pregnancy or disease develop.

Paul was talking about the spiritual and emotional aspect. Oh, I know, in today’s culture, it’s no big deal for a man or a woman to have multiple partners. It’s even expected! There are even television shows that promote that behavior. There’s no big emotional tie to two bodies coming together for pleasure! Get real, Faye!

Yeah, I’m sorry. If God, through Paul, said there is a spiritual and emotional tie that is a part of the act of sex, then whether you agree with that thought or not, there is a spiritual and emotional tie to the act of sex.

Paul says we should RUN from sexual sin. He said it’s the only sin that so clearly affects the body, and the reason is that sexual immorality is a sin against our own bodies.

Whoa. What?

Paul goes to to say — and I’m totally paraphrasing here — “Besides, don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit of Almighty God? When you accepted salvation, He was given to you by God Himself. Since you got saved, you don’t belong to you anymore. God paid a HUGE price for you, so honor God with your body.”

Just like everything else in our lives, this involves a choice. If the Word says that sexual promiscuity dishonors us and God, then we should make the choice to not do that. The same with any other sin: gossip, gluttony, theft, murder, slander, etc.

If we call ourselves followers of Jesus, we should obey His commands. All of them. We don’t get to pick and choose which ones. Our choice is between us and God. Will we choose what pleases us or what pleases God?

Maturity is when that choice is the same: what pleases God pleases us.

The best news is, if we’ve made the choices that aren’t God-honoring, we can receive God’s forgiveness for them. All we have to do is agree with God that what we did was sin (confess), turn from that path to following Jesus (repent), and know that He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Mind you, though, that means leaving that way behind and not picking it up again. Continuing in the sin doesn’t please God and it cheapens His grace.

Choose Him. Choose Life. Choose Joy. Choose Peace.

Coffee, Bible, Journal

Nick’s Water Collection for the Homeless

Many of us have heard the adage, “a child shall lead them.

Nick will turn 17 on the 29th and is leading his family (I’m his grandmother) and our community in service to the homeless. 

When he was seven, he and his mom served with a group of students when they went to the streets to grill for those who live on the streets. He looked in the faces and saw the people. 

At one cookout, he met a family with three children. On the way home, he asked his mom, “Don’t you always tell me if we have extra we should give it to people who have nothing?” 

When she agreed that is indeed what she had taught him, he said, “We need to go back and get that family! We have an extra bedroom!”

His heart is huge for those without their own homes. 

Early June when Nick was nine, he heard on the radio that Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) needed bottled water to give out to their clients. 

Nick quickly made a decision. He asked his mother if instead of getting a birthday party and gifts they would buy bottled water for him to give to KARM. That year when he turned 10, they delivered 10 cases. 

For his 11th birthday he delivered 50 cases. Each year the number of cases of bottled water has grown, and last year, for his 16th birthday, he delivered over 400 cases of water! 

His goal is to top that number as he delivers on his actual birthday this year. 

If you would like to be a part of this amazing opportunity, you can donate through the GoFundMe that Nick’s mom set up.

If you’re leery of that, you can send a check or money order to me at P.O. Box 233, Townsend, TN 37882. 

If you’re local to Townsend, you can drop off cases of water at Church of the Cove, located at 642 Wears Valley Road, Townsend, TN (3/10 miles from the traffic light. 

Every donation, no matter how big or small, is a blessing and will be used fully to bring water to those living on the streets. 

Winner, winner!

CONGRATULATIONS to Chastity Gwinn, this week’s #winner of the Legacy Builders course at buildabetterlegacy.com!!!

I can’t wait to walk this journey with you!