Lesson 5 -- second quarter 2009
October 4, 2009
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Which of the Ten Commandments apply here?
What should our response be to another's beauty?
Do I ever act like the answer to verses 27 and 28 is "Yes"?
How does adultery -- physical or mental -- reveal a lack of understanding?
Has my moral standard and sensitivity trended downward with the culture's?
Whether or not I want to safeguard my own moral purity, God wants me to. So He provides me with instructions and commandments designed to keep me away from any woman not my wife.
"Drink waters out of thine own cistern" (Proverbs 5:15). If she isn't mine, I shouldn't take from her any satisfaction of any sexual need or desire.
"Rejoice with the wife of thy youth" (Proverbs 5:18). If she isn't my wife, she isn't mine to enjoy in any sensual way.
"For the commandment is a lamp...To keep thee from...a strange woman" (Proverbs 6:23,24). When I focus on and live by God's ways and instructions, no other woman will draw me away from my wife.
"Lust not after her beauty in thine heart" (Proverbs 6:25). Just because she is attractive in body or character is no reason to desire her for myself.
"But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul" (Proverbs 6:32). No pleasure and no person is worth that price!
In Matthew 5:28, Jesus discloses how serious God is about immorality: "But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." When it comes to sexual purity, God sets the standard very high. Even a lustful look ranks as adultery. God sees and judges our spiritual activity just as tangibly as we see and judge our own physical activity. Where we would draw a line between the spiritual and the physical, God says no distinction exists in terms of accountability.
Unfortunately, the Deceiver has used this verse to lead countless people further into sin. The lie goes something like this: "Since you are already guilty of adultery for merely looking and thinking, what further difference will it make if you go further by acting? If you are already guilty anyway, you just as well get some further fun out of it. Not doing it will not make you any less guilty." Such logic seems reasonable and even difficult to refute. What would you say to defeat such a lie? Here are some suggestions:
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