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Daily Reading: 20th October 2016

 

Matthew 5.27-30 cont.

27 You have heard that it was said that: You shall not commit adultery”.

28 However, I tell that everyone looking at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

29 but if you right eye causes you to sin, take it out, and throw it away from you. It is better for you that one of your body parts should be destroyed rather than your whole body should be cast into hell.

30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away from you. It is better for you that one of your body parts should be destroyed rather than your whole body should go into hell.

In the Old Testament there are a number of warnings against adultery, particularly in the book of Proverbs.

It will be a blessing for us to read some of these and to get them established in our hearts.

 [3] The lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil.

[4] But the result is as bitter as poison, sharp as a double-edged sword.

[5] Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.

 

[8] Run from her! Don’t go near the door of her house!

[9] If you do, you will lose your honour and hand over to merciless people everything you have achieved in life – Proverbs 5.3-5 & 8-9 (NLT).

 

[24] These commands and this teaching will keep you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of an adulterous woman.

[25] Don’t lust for her beauty. Don’t let her coyness seduce you.

[26] For a prostitute will bring you to poverty, and sleeping with another man’s wife may cost you your very life.

[27] Can a man scoop fire into his lap and not be burned?

[28] Can he walk on hot coals and not blister his feet?

[29] So it is with the man who sleeps with another man’s wife. He who embraces her will not go unpunished – Proverbs 6.24-29 (NLT).

 

[24] Listen to me, my sons, and pay attention to my words.

[25] Don’t let your hearts stray away toward her. Don’t wander down her wayward path.

[26] For she has been the ruin of many; numerous men have been her victims. [27] Her house is the road to the grave. Her bedroom is the den of death – Proverbs 7.24-27 (NLT).

Let these words of God be the foundation stone of our morality. They will lead us in the paths of righteousness.

The Psalmist asked this question, and answered it:

How can a young person stay pure? By obeying Your word – Psalm 119.9 (NLT).

 

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