*DAILY DEW 3RD/JUNE/2021*

*Your Body For His Glory* (II)

_Key Bible Text:_
*For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.*
(Romans 6:10-11 (KJV))

_Bible Insight:_

So, medical professionals treat masturbation as a natural part of human development, and some pastors have tried to give practical and biblical reasons to masturbate; so I have presented the pros and cons.

From a biblical perspective, however, I do not believe this approach pleases God, and I have heard and seen the problems this habit has brought to both singles and marrieds alike. Now, the Bible specifically forbids every act of sex outside a heterosexual marriage between two consenting adults: adultery, fornication, homosexuality, incest, bestiality and lust as immorality and sins; but does not specifically address masturbation or self-stimulation.

The FIRST godly problem with masturbation is that, for Christians, we must know that our bodies do not belong to us to do as we like. Our bodies are the temple of God. He lives in us. Some things like getting tattoos and vapping or smoking may not be explicitly called sins; but they are not convenient for believers. Our bodies belong to God first, and then to us. We belong to God. This is important. A person may decide that they do not belong to God, and that it becomes "okay" for them to do certain things; but once a person declares himself or herself a Christian, or a child of God; there are certain internal changes of heart and mind that makes us see our bodies differently.

The Bible specifically tells us to present our bodies to God and yield ourselves to Him as those alive from the dead. So, first and foremost - we are not looking for what is sin or what is not sin. We are looking for what glorifies God versus what does not glorify Him - whether it is in what we eat, or say, or clothe ourselves with, or use our body parts for. Some things may not be sinful in themselves, but if they do not glorify God; then they are useless to God's children.

*MEDITATION:*
*Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.* (Romans 6:12-13 (KJV))

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