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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Avoid Immoral Women through Fellowship, Faith and Fidelity



Greetings:

Some people say that it is hard to follow God's commands and to live as a disciple of Christ, but it is not, it just takes making a commitment. It took me until I was 41 years old to realize that I was living as a "Sunday Christian."

Today, I want to try and keep it short and sweet.

The world, TV, movies, magazines, Internet, billboards, retailers and Media-at-large, paint the wrong picture of what it means to be a man. Where has the promotion of fidelity gone?


fidelity 
|fəˈdelətē|
noun
"faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support: he sought only the strictest fidelity to justice.

• sexual faithfulness to a spouse or partner."

Yesterday, I spent a 12 hour day with men from my church in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. We played sports, cards, worshipped together, barbecued and spent time fellowshipping. I need this type of edification by other Christian men. Fellowship with Christian men, who are trying to live right, will help you remain accountable to the Lord for your actions.

Riding up to the mountains from New Jersey, a few guys in the car admitted that they did not know that the Holy Bible contains God's explicit and detailed disgust for sexual immorality.

Even though Father's Day is now in the recent past, consider carefully the fatherly advice and what God's Word has to say about avoiding immoral women


Proverbs 5 (NLT)

Avoid Immoral Women

5 My son, pay attention to my wisdom;
    listen carefully to my wise counsel.
2 Then you will show discernment,
    and your lips will express what you’ve learned.
3 For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey,
    and her mouth is smoother than oil.
4 But in the end she is as bitter as poison,
    as dangerous as a double-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death;
    her steps lead straight to the grave.[a]
6 For she cares nothing about the path to life.
    She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it.
7 So now, my sons, listen to me.
    Never stray from what I am about to say:
8 Stay away from her!
    Don’t go near the door of her house!
9 If you do, you will lose your honor
    and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved.
10 Strangers will consume your wealth,
    and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor.
11 In the end you will groan in anguish
    when disease consumes your body.
12 You will say, “How I hated discipline!
    If only I had not ignored all the warnings!
13 Oh, why didn’t I listen to my teachers?
    Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors?
14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin,
    and now I must face public disgrace.”
15 Drink water from your own well—
    share your love only with your wife.[b]
16 Why spill the water of your springs in the streets,
    having sex with just anyone?[c]
17 You should reserve it for yourselves.
    Never share it with strangers.
18 Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you.
    Rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 She is a loving deer, a graceful doe.
    Let her breasts satisfy you always.
    May you always be captivated by her love.
20 Why be captivated, my son, by an immoral woman,
    or fondle the breasts of a promiscuous woman?
21 For the Lord sees clearly what a man does,
    examining every path he takes.
22 An evil man is held captive by his own sins;
    they are ropes that catch and hold him.
23 He will die for lack of self-control;
    he will be lost because of his great foolishness.

Footnotes:
a. 5:5 Hebrew to Sheol.
b. 5:15 Hebrew Drink water from your own cistern, / flowing water from your own well.

c. 5:16 Hebrew Why spill your springs in the streets, / your streams in the city squares?

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