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Summary: When you learn to honor God with your body, the reward is that God will honor you with a relationship of intimacy the way he intended and designed it to be.

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We’re in week three of this series, Guardrails, and we’re really excited about this. Just a

heads up. Next week Sandra is going to come and we’re going to tag-team preach, so you won’t

want to miss next week. Essentially, she’s going to correct everything I’ve said for the first three

weeks in the series. We’re thinking maybe we should do that every series, just have her kind of

come up at the end. I’m just kidding. It’s going to be a lot of fun, so you won’t want to miss that.

If you’re thinking about bringing friends, next week will be very entertaining; so don’t miss that.

The whole point of this series—we know what guardrails are, but essentially they’re a

system designed to keep vehicles from straying into dangerous (and that’s the key word), into

dangerous, or off-limit areas. We said just like a guardrail accomplishes something for us when

we’re driving, we asked the question, I wonder what it would look like to have guardrails in

other areas of our lives.

The interesting thing about a guardrail is that a guardrail is actually placed in a safe zone

to keep us from going into an unsafe zone. Guardrails aren’t in the area of danger; guardrails are

always a few feet or a few yards inside the area of danger. So again, we asked the question, what

would it look like to have guardrails in other areas of our lives? We came up with our own

definition of a guardrail just for this series, and here’s what it is: A guardrail is a standard of

behavior—that’s a behavior you choose—a standard of behavior that becomes a matter of

conscience. The idea being that you would choose behaviors for yourself that would keep you a

few feet or a few yards away from disaster, whether it’s financially, or in your friendships, or

morally, in your dating relationships, in your thought life—whatever it might be, and that as you

recognize there are lines out there that “Once I cross them, there’s a consequence; that once I

cross them, there’s a penalty; that once I cross them, I hurt the people I love the most.” As you

recognize those lines, that you would step back from the line and establish a guardrail for

yourself. And a guardrail would simply be a behavior that you would decide, “I’m never going to

do this in order to keep me from doing that,” and that this would become so clear to you that it

would send bells and whistles and red flags waving—that it would become a matter of

conscience. That is, that you would feel bad if you actually bumped into a guardrail you’ve

established.

The temptation, of course, in life is to live right on the edge of disaster financially, get as

much debt as you can, live right on the edge of disaster morally, live right on the edge of disaster

in terms of friendships, and your thought life, or the Internet, or any of those kinds of things. But

the wise person says, “You know what, I’m not going to live on the edge of disaster. I’m going


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