A plea for less sensuality and more sensitivity

Sensuality is about the feelings of the body. Sensitivity is about the feelings of the heart and conscience. Our self-focused culture is full of sensuality but the open expression of heart-felt sensitivity to conscience is rare.

Sensitivity to your conscience isn’t a weakness. It’s a strength that many people don’t have.

Sensuality is focused on self-gratification. Sensitivity is focused on kindness for others and speaking the truth in love.

People who are easily offended are self-focused and insensitive to the fact that “hurt people hurt people.” True sensitivity has such compassion for other people that it’s not easily offended.

Society today focuses almost totally on sensuality while mostly ignoring sensitivity. Our culture is in trouble because following the feelings and desires of the body is seen as strength, while having a sensitive conscience is seen as a weakness.

Just because someone has a desire to do something doesn’t make it the right thing to do! The strength or weakness of a desire has nothing to do with the morality of a desire.

To refuse to notice what your conscience is saying opens the door of your life to much self-destruction and self-deception. To be sensually minded is to be a prisoner of your desires and feelings. Sensual desire is often deceptive. Many of our sensual desires need to be resisted and rejected, not justified and embraced.

Uncontrolled sensual desire leads to the bondage of compulsion. Putting sensuality above sensitivity leads to many human problems such as, drug abuse, alcoholism, overeating, other addictions, divorce. hatred, violence, abortion, casual sex, pornography, sex trafficking, child abuse, fraud, corruption, etc.

Sensual desires want to dominate and dictate your life. Don’t let them. Follow and obey the risen Jesus instead. Sensuality asks, “What do I want to do?” Sensitivity asks, “What does the risen Jesus want me to do?”

To be led by the living Jesus you need to begin to be aware of and sensitive to His presence. He wants His followers to be led by His Spirit not by their desires! See Romans 8:14.

Sensuality can never permanently satisfy the longing of the human heart, but awareness of and surrender to the living Jesus does! Look where following your own desires has gotten you inside and out. Following the risen Jesus has to be an improvement.

“Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality.” Ephesians 4:19. Turning away from the sensuality of our human desires, feelings, and opinions and keeping our heart wide open to the presence, intimacy, and Lordship of the risen Jesus is the great miracle all humans need.

Whether governments acknowledge it or not, sensitivity and compassion declare that a human fetus is a human life and is of no less value than any other human life. Medicine heals or treats illness. Pregnancy isn’t an illness. Sensitivity to conscience recognizes that abortion pills are not medicine.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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