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Sexual Sins

Our Western society has become so obsessed with sex that it seeps from all the pores of our national life. The evidences of this are ample. Sex is front-page copy everywhere.

Concerning sexual sins the Bible says:

“Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to his neighbor’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. ... But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away” (Proverbs 6:27-33).

The Bible warns us that sexual sins bring destruction with them.

Sexual sins destroy the individual. These sins always result in guilt and the loss of self-esteem. As one psychiatrist said, “Millions of young people are suffering psychologically because they have gone beyond their own standards of sex.” Such sins leave a scar on the soul and there is no plastic surgery for the scars of sin.

Sexual sins destroy the home. Sex at the right time, with the right person, under the right circumstances is just about the most tremendous experience human beings can know. This means sex under the seal and shield of marriage. But to commit sexual acts outside of marriage will hinder, not help, your chances for a good marriage. These sins undercut the loyalties of life that make a wonderful marriage possible. As one surgeon put it, “It’s like using a scalpel for some trivial purpose like cutting out paper dolls. You can cut out the paper dolls, but you can’t later do surgery with it.”

Sexual sins destroy the nation. Obsession with sex is always the mark of a decaying civilization. Billy Graham once said that one of the world’s great historians told him, “The moral deterioration in the West will destroy us...even if the communists don’t.”

If we continue our present course of immorality, we will destroy ourselves. Our nation needs an old-fashioned return to God and the Ten Commandments. Keep yourself pure, honor God’s word, and thus save yourself, your home, and your nation.

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Today's Devotional

Honesty in Business

A news article once told of a large feedlot that overpaid about $140,000 for feed grain due to an electronic “butcher’s thumb.” An electronic gadget operated by remote control was suspected of making grain truck scales at the lot register more grain than actually was delivered.

The newspaper said a 75-pound weight allegedly was attached to the scales under the truck weighing area, with the weight’s position on the scale beams determining how much a load was “padded.” A similar gimmick was used in a grain-storage operation in Colorado.

Such dishonesty is not a new problem. The Bible says, “A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight” (Proverbs 11:1).

A false balance is just one way you can be dishonest in business. You can be dishonest by misrepresenting the facts about a product. You can be dishonest by taking advantage of the ignorance of others. You can be dishonest by making more than a fair and reasonable profit. You can be dishonest by not paying your debts. The one who does not pay his debts is a liar and a thief. He has given his word and not kept it. He has taken that which belonged to another and not paid for it.

All dishonesty grows out of greed and covetousness. Such dishonesty is an abomination (object of hatred, disgust) to the Lord. God can never be pleased with such things. But “a just weight is his delight.” God is pleased, even delighted, when people are honest and fair in business. Is God delighted with you? Not unless you are honest in every way.

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