30 Important Bible Verses About Abstinence

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 – Flee from Sexual Immorality

“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 – God’s Will: Your Sanctification

“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God.”

Matthew 5:28 – The Danger of Lust

“But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

1 Corinthians 7:1-2 – The Importance of Self-Control

“Now for the matters you wrote about: ‘It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.’ But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband.”

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Proverbs 6:27-29 – The Consequences of Adultery

“Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – The Unrighteous Will Not Inherit the Kingdom

“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Hebrews 13:4 – Marriage is to be Honored

“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”

1 Peter 2:11 – Abstain from Fleshly Desires

“Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.”

Galatians 5:19-21 – Works of the Flesh

“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Colossians 3:5-6 – Put to Death Sexual Immorality

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.”

Proverbs 5:15-20 – Be Satisfied with Your Own Spouse

“Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares? Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers. May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer— may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love.”

Ephesians 5:3 – Let There Be No Sexual Immorality

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.”

Proverbs 7:25-27 – Guard Your Heart

“Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths. Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.”

Titus 2:11-12 – God’s Grace Teaches Us

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”

Romans 6:12-14 – Offer Yourselves to God

“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.”

1 Corinthians 6:13 – The Body is Meant for the Lord

“You say, ‘Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.’ The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.”

1 Corinthians 6:15-17 – Our Bodies are Members of Christ

“Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, ‘The two will become one flesh.’ But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.”

Ephesians 5:5 – No Inheritance for the Sexually Immoral

“For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”

1 Corinthians 10:8 – Do Not Indulge in Sexual Immorality

“We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.”

Hebrews 13:18 – Live with a Clear Conscience

“Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 – God Provides a Way Out

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

Proverbs 2:16-19 – Save You from the Immoral Woman

“Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words, who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God. Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead. None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.”

1 Peter 5:8-9 – Be Alert and Resist the Devil

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

Proverbs 6:32 – Adultery Destroys

“But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.”

Matthew 5:27-28 – Do Not Lust in Your Heart

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Proverbs 5:3-5 – The Seduction of an Immoral Woman

“For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end, she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.”

1 Corinthians 15:33 – Bad Company Corrupts Good Character

“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’

Proverbs 23:31-33 – Wine is Deceptive

“Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end, it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will imagine confusing things.”

Proverbs 6:25 – Do Not Desire Her Beauty

“Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes.”

Matthew 19:9 – Divorce Except for Sexual Immorality

“I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

1 Thessalonians 4:4-5 – Learn to Control Your Own Body

“That each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God.”

1 Timothy 5:2 – Treat Younger Women as Sisters

“Treat younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.”

Proverbs 7:10-12 – The Seductive Woman

“Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent. She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home; now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.”

Mark 7:20-23 – Evil Things Come From Within

“What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Proverbs 5:1-2 – Pay Attention to Wisdom

“My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.”

1 Corinthians 6:18 – Flee from Sexual Immorality

“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.”

Proverbs 6:23-24 – The Commandment is a Lamp

“For this commandment is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life, keeping you from your neighbor’s wife, from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.”

1 Timothy 4:12 – Set an Example in Purity

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

Galatians 5:16 – Walk by the Spirit

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

Proverbs 9:13-18 – The Way of Folly

“The woman Folly is loud; she is undisciplined and without knowledge. She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way, ‘Let all who are simple come to my house!’ To those who have no sense she says, ‘Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!’ But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.”

James 1:14-15 – Temptation Leads to Sin

“But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”

Proverbs 4:14-15 – Do Not Set Foot on the Path of the Wicked

“Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.”

1 Corinthians 10:21 – Cannot Partake in the Lord’s Table and Demons

“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.”

Galatians 5:24 – Crucify the Flesh

“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – Your Body is a Temple

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

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