It’s true that our freedom allows us to do anything, but that doesn’t mean that everything we do is good for us. I’m free to do as I choose, but I choose to never be enslaved to anything. Some have said, “I eat to live and I live to eat!” But God will do away with it all. The body was not created for illicit sex, but to serve and worship our Lord Jesus, who can fill the body with himself. 1 Corinthians 6:12-13 TPT
What Paul is saying here is that we all have fleshly impulses, but we shouldn’t be enslaved by them. This can happen in the form of addictions such as food, alcohol, drugs and even sex. I’m sure there are more that I’m not listing, but you get my point. We should never give ourselves over to those lusts, but rather allow the Holy Spirit to fill us and satisfy our souls.
I’ve seen so many people turn from Biblical teaching simply because they want what they want and don’t want anyone controlling their lives. But being enslaved to any type of sin. He gave us power over sin, so that sin has no power over us. That is freedom.
The word illicit means; not legally permitted or authorized; unlicensed, unlawful, disapproved of or not permitted for moral or ethical reasons.
Sex outside of the boundaries of marriage is like building a house on land you don’t own or planting a garden on someone else’s property. It’s better to say no now than grieve when they leave and take everything you built or planted with them and you have no legal right to get it back.
There is safety in God’s ways. He didn’t say it to hurt you or withhold from you, but rather to keep you protected in the shadow of His Wing and Word.
Doing right things may not be popular or ‘in’ with the cool crowd, but it will be noticed by God and He who sees in secret will reward you openly.