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Saturday, August 6, 2011

8/7/11 Guarding our Heart

Do not Commit Adultery. (Deut. 5:18)

Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.  Proverbs 4:23

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’28 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)

(Carl Henry Bloch d. 1890- Woman at the Well)

Thoughts: The Bible says that we are not our own, therefore we should honor God with our bodies.  The Bible says that our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.   "The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body." (1 Cor. 6:13).  God does not just care about our hearts and souls- He also cares about our bodies.  Yet, He encourages us to guard our hearts.  Sometimes we guard our hearts against adultery by making sure our bodies are dressed modestly, and that our bodies are in places that would not tempt us.  The good news is that we are not the shepherds of our own souls.  Jesus told the woman at the well- you have had five husbands and the one you are living with now is not your husband.  Yet, He reached out to her, and she was made able to respond.   On our own, this commandment may seem impossible.  But with God all things are possible.  He gives us strength to resist temptation, and calls us to come back to Him.

Prayer:  You who welcomed the Prodigal Home, welcome me.  You who encouraged Hosea to take his wife back, take me back.  Cleanse me, purify me, make me whole. 

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