Genesis 3:6: And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
The truth is this struggle with sexual purity started long before our time in a garden with two loving human beings. Regardless of whose side you take – to blame Eve for being deceived, or to blame Adam for realizing what happened and plunging in too – the fact remains that these two individuals had ONE commandment to keep and failed. The Pandora’s Box story must have been based on this event because truly this was the start of all of mankind’s misery and the reason we all struggle with sexual purity.
The Bible identifies three ways the world works – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-16). Eve succumbed to all three at once but she did leave us some valuable lessons.
Lust in a general sense is any intense, untamed or disobedient human desire. So in terms of sexual desires, we can look at lust as a legitimate human desire hijacked by sinfulness. Although Adam and Eve gained the knowledge of good and evil, they forever lost control over their world and their flesh because in the day they disobeyed and ate of that fruit, their spirit severed every connection to God!
In the flesh we today face the same battles. Yet, there’s another side to the story now, because long before our time the struggle was ended, and the battles were won, when Jesus Christ died for us and rose again! To top it off, He’s so reasonable that He’s given just ONE commandment to keep when we partake in His death, burial and resurrection – to love the Lord our God with all our heart. We can then consider that maybe our biggest problem with sin and sexual purity as humans is found in the word “ALL”. It’s time to do some searching again – do you love the Lord with ALL your heart as the Lord commands?
Sexual impurity, whichever form it takes, starts with a failure to set your heart to love the Lord with your all. Today is another day of confession. Consider where you have failed Him in the past and tell Jesus about your current failures. Don’t worry about how to solve this problem today – all you need today is repentance.
Prayer StarterHeavenly Father, you know all of my heart and there is nothing hid from your sight. Today, I bare it all before you so that you can cleanse me and do your will in me. Help me to love you with all my heart.