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May 8, 2019

Perimeters of Defense

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28)

Marriage is a holy institution ordain by God. In the Old Testament infidelity was punishable by death (Leviticus 20:10). No one gets married thinking that they will be unfaithful. However, statistics say that 50% percent of marriages end in divorce and infidelity is often a cause or symptom. There are many preventive measures that can implemented to keep from falling into adultery. Here are two.

Guard your eyes! In today’s media driven society we are bombarded with sexual references, innuendoes, and outright invitations to sin. We must do as Job did. “I made an agreement with my eyes. I promised not to look at another woman with sexual longing” (Job 31:1). If you are caught off-guard avoid “the second look!” Use computer and movie filters and rid your home and work space of inappropriate material.

Guard your mind! 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us that we are to “take every thought captive to obey Christ.” It has been said that you can’t keep a bird from flying over your head but you can keep it from building a nest on your head. Fill your mind with healthy thoughts, read a good book or memorize scripture. Use your creativity to keep your mind off unhealthy thoughts.

Question: Can you think of one other way to help in the area of purity?

Challenge: “Finally, brethren whatever things are true whatever things are noble, whatever are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

Prayer: Father, the spirit is willing but our flesh is weak. Help us exercise self-discipline and self-control. Help us guard our eyes and keep our thoughts pure. Amen.

Cali Magallanes -- BC Staff

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