S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” Genesis 1:27-28 NLT
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.” Matthew 5:27-30 NIV
We are image-bearers of God. “Image” is our spirit/personhood. Sexuality was a part of creation; Adam and Eve were NOT complete without each other!
Jesus is giving us a boundary so that we can experience a life of contentment and honor all around us!
How does knowing that God designed and delights in healthy sexuality help your perspective?
According to Jesus, how important is observing God’s boundary on sexuality? Do you regard this boundary as ultimately beneficial for your well-being?
At what point does Jesus identify someone as guilty of committing adultery?
How do these differ? 1) having a pure heart, and 2) being on the right side of “the line”
Lord, thank you for creating me for healthy relationships, telling me the truth, and empowering me to live in a much better way to honor you than simply following what comes naturally.