Lenten Reflection for March 24

Photo of very old Bible

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Depending upon which translation you choose, this passage of the Bible can be taken as either a frightening “call to arms” against immorality or spiritual common sense.  The earliest English versions speak against intimate relations without an intimate relationship.  Later versions refer to immoral acts and then leave it to interpretation as to what those immoral acts are.

It is surprising to see what changing a few words can do to a passage. It reinforces the need to view the words of the Bible within the context of time and place.  It is just too easy to grab hold of one interpretation and then use it to justify all sorts of horrible behaviour.  That is not the intent of the Bible and it is not God’s intent either, if one considers the Bible as a whole.

In my opinion, the core of the passage is that our existence is a gift and that we should treat it as such.  In this world, our bodies are all we have and they serve as the vessel for our spiritual expression.  What we do with our bodies reflects upon us spiritually. It is common sense that we should not do things with our bodies that would cause us spiritual “harm.”  When we use our bodies to manifest love and caring in our world, we are in keeping with the intentions of God.

So, for me, the message is this—what will you do with the gifts God has given you?  Will you use them for self-centred pleasures that cause you emotional harm?  Or will you share yourself and your gifts with others, thereby manifesting God’s intent on earth?

Will you use the gift of your life and spiritual existence in such a way as to say “thank you” to the gift giver.  Say thank you with your very life!

By Steve Miller

Prayer

O God, you are the giver of life. Thank you for that gift.  Help me to share the gift of my life with others, joyfully and as an expression of my deep spirituality.        AMEN

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