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We love our heroes. We need heroes in every generation and in every culture—heroes who possess what they profess … who reflect what they represent … who walk their talk … heroes who survive close scrutiny. True heroes have integrity and are worthy of imitation. We find hope in heroes who are willing to stand alone regardless of stress, who hold to principle no matter the pressure, who will not compromise their convictions. One aspect of the overall integrity of true heroes is their sexual integrity. To have sexual integrity is to consistently live your life with the highest moral sexual standards—consistently guarding your mind, will, and emotions from sexual impurity.
“The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.”
What Is the Difference between Lust and Love?
Remember your first real crush … the flush of your face, the pounding of your heart, the shortness of breath at your first touch?
You were “in love” … or perhaps, more realistically, in love with love. Your heart was filled with excitement at the anticipation of holding hands and receiving a sweet goodnight kiss. Such were the days of innocence—the ways of “puppy love.” But when infatuation turns to feverish passion, innocence can be lost. What you think is love turns out to be lust… an illusion of relational intimacy … a counterfeit of the lasting love that sustains a relationship. Too late, you learn there are great differences between lust and love.
God desires to give you hope as you face life challenges, problems and difficult trials. The good news for us, God specializes in redemption and transformation. He takes that which was lost and restores it. He takes that which was dead and gives it life. He takes that which had no hope and rewrites its story. This is our God! As you pray today, ask God boldly to transform the thing inside you that you want to see changed forever!
“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.”
“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 with a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.”
"Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
1 Timothy 4:8
1 Thessalonians 4:3–8