“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a man can commit is outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body” (1Cor 6:18-20)

A young sister asked for counsel recently. She has been sick on and off. I told her to search her heart and confess any known sin. Some sicknesses are the direct effect of un-confessed and un-repented sin. She is a ‘nice’ girl and very active in her church. Then she told me that she has been committing fornication. This did not surprise me for I have seen many young men and women who are very active in the church but still active sexually, thinking it does not matter what they do in secret. The truth is that God knows and God sees. You can deceive your parents, your spouse, other people and the pastor. But nobody can deceive God. Sin plants only evil. The result will be a life of guilt, fears and health problems. I told this young woman to cancel all her imagination that she is born again. I told her to start afresh. To give her life to Christ. This time without hypocrisy! She has agreed and she told me that she feels so much better after ‘opening up’ about her double life. Bellow is part of my counsel to her:

“Dear G… The devil pushes you to sin then he tells you to hide it. This is the same as a chronic infected wound that you hide under bandages of religion. The pus will make it smell. You try to use worship as perfume to hide the odor of sin but for them whose spiritual ‘nose’ is sensitive, they smell the bad odor. That is why you cannot marry a true Christian if you do not come clean to the Cross. Nobody is perfect. But we have this opportunity to change our hearts because Jesus died for us. Why waste such a wonderful gift and hide?

You need to give your life to Christ. Jesus died and paid your ‘bride price’ with His Blood! That is true eternal love! You have not been serious with God all these years. You need to come to the Cross as a sinner so that God will save your soul. Next time your pastor makes an altar call come out and surrender your life to Jesus Christ. Do not be ashamed! Do not be afraid! After that, you pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit! Then make a vow to God that you will not let any man touch your body until your wedding day. Except you do all these things you shall have no peace and you cannot be healed or marry,. You are young but you are not a baby anymore! You must act responsibly! I wish you well!”

I pray that these words will challenge you today! Do not use church activities or religion to hide a life of sin! Repent! Come to Jesus! And live!

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