2 Peter 1 New International Version
“1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ.To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: 2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
Confirming One’s Calling and Election
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”.
Self-control in relation to sex on my mind friends.
Yes sex! The forbidden word, softly spoken, blatantly displayed and erroneously labelled on another. You see friends, we often and always condemn others for that thing which we ourselves most fear in ourselves. If tables are turned will you be standing still? Will I? Am I? It takes a lot of grace, praise God!
Sex sells and will always sell. We all need, crave, imagine if you will and demand it. We’ve all been there ( for those who have retired?) and are still there as long as we are in this part of eternity. It is a natural, physiological experience like eating. Every human eat and crave for food. Sex is in that category, however like food too much and indiscipline has consequence. Sex is also a spiritual experience, its a union of two souls, it is sacred. Outside of the context of marriage it is a sin, short lived pleasure, feeling of regret and a defilement of God’s temple. Within the context of marriage, it is a very beautiful experience. Hmm reminiscing!!!!! It’s pleasing, whole and complete. All said and done there is need to exercise self-control as stipulated in the word of God in 2 Peter 1- end. We have been redeemed and translated to the Kingdom of God with all fleshly lust in complete remission. Shouldn’t it be left there? Matthew 4:4 Jesus having fasted for 40 days and night the tempter came and asked him to turn stone into bread and Jesus answered, “It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Friends, don’t allow sex to dominate your thinking, ‘cos it will ruin it. Avoid sexual triggers – we all have it and are different from one another. Avoid situation that places you in a compromising state, most of all flee from all appearances of evil. For my very young adult, stop sex testing – it pollute your mind and ultimately lead to “It”.
Sex appeal sells in the world we live in now, but should it be in the Kingdom? Look out for more on this topic.