Every design has its constraints. A chisel cannot be used as a screwdriver without damaging it. A petrol car will not work with diesel fuel, and a computer fails without power. It is the same in God's creation. If we 'exchange the truth of God for a lie, and worship created things rather than the creator' (Romans 1:25), we are working outside of God's design. If we do that, we cannot expect God to support us.
There is a difference between love and lust. 'Love' is about giving what is right and appropriate according to God's design; lust is about using God's gifts to get what we want for ourselves. How we use the gift of sex highlights those differences. There are many ways to depart from God's design, and whole industries have made much money from them. But people forget that when they abandon God and forget His creation design, He lets them believe that they are right and leaves them to the consequences of their desires.
To be 'given over' by God is a very strong concept. It should stop us thinking that we can do whatever we like and God won't mind, believing that God just wants us to be happy. 'A depraved mind' is equally strong: it means distorted, disfigured or crooked ways of thinking. But God's truth is still available to us. His Word is still able to cut through the tangled web of distortions in our minds (Hebrews 4:12) and show us how to cooperate with God and His design.
© Dr Paul Adams