We've discussed adultery and uncleanness. Today, we conclude this three part series on Galatians 5:19 with a look at lasciviousness. This strange word, comes from the Greek word aselgeia. This word describes excess, but it primarily refers to the excessive consumption of food or wild, undisciplined living that is especially marked by unbridled sex. The word aslegeia is listed as the principle sin of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the reason that God destroyed them.
It must be noted again that the word aselgeia also refers to the excessive consumption of food. This means that in God's mind, it is just as perverted to overindulge in food as it is to engage in sinful sexual activities! So how does that make you feel about overeating?
All of the works of the flesh can be forgiven -- but before forgiveness comes, sin must be acknowledged. That is why we must understand what adultery, uncleanness and lasciviousness mean. Once sin is comprehended, it can then be repented and confessed. This is God's requirement.
If you have fallen into any of these sins, ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to see these sins as He sees them. Once you get a revelation of His perspective, you won't want to be the same! You'll understand the grossness of sin in God's sight, and you will want to be changed!
Once you confess your sin, God will forgive you and you can move on with your life. If your actions have violated your spouse or someone else, pray for God's mighty grace to be upon them to forgive you. Then begin to take whatever steps are necessary to make that relationship healthier than ever before.
This study is taken from Sparkling Gems from the Greek