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Fornication: A Night Can Have Lifelong Consequences

Today, I want to address a topic that can often be delicate, a topic that engenders a wide range of reactions from dismissal to shame, from indifference to guilt - the topic of fornication. As we delve into this, I want you to approach it with an open heart and mind, knowing that God's love for us is so immense that He is interested in every single aspect of our lives, including our sexual behaviour.


In the Holy Scriptures, more specifically in 1 Corinthians 6:18, it is written, "Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body." The Apostle Paul, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, is reminding us that sexual immorality, including fornication, carries consequences that are unique and severe.


Fornication, which in this context refers to consensual sexual intercourse between persons not married to each other, is not just a sin against God, it is also a sin against our own bodies – God’s temple. It bears consequences that extend beyond the immediate act; these consequences can span through our lifetime and even beyond.


First, fornication leads to emotional and psychological damages. Many who engage in it often combat feelings of guilt, shame, and regret. These emotional scars can affect our self-worth, stunt our spiritual growth and even seep into future relationships, causing distrust and insecurities. Never mind that it can not just affect ourselves but also lead to these feelings in the other party.


From a physical standpoint, fornication increases our risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies – issues that can cause lifelong complications. But even more seriously, the act of fornication plants seeds of discord in our spiritual walk with God.


Beloved, our God is a God of love, compassion and mercy. He does not warn us against fornication to limit our freedom or deprive us of pleasure but because He knows the pain and suffering it can cause us. He seeks to protect us from the destructive consequences that this act can have on our lives.


Let us not be deceived, brethren, into thinking that grace grants us the liberty to live in sin. Grace is not a license for lasciviousness. As written in Romans 6:1-2, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?"


This message is not intended to condemn, but rather to encourage. If you are entangled in the web of fornication, there is hope, forgiveness, and freedom in Jesus Christ. Our God is a God of second chances, He is ever ready to forgive, cleanse, and restore us to a right relationship with Him.


I implore you to seek God's face in prayers, ask for His forgiveness, strength and grace to overcome this sin. If you need help, do not hesitate to reach out to us, the church community, as we stand ready to provide support, guidance, and counsel. May the grace and mercy of God abound towards us, guiding us to honour Him in our bodies, which are His. Amen.