Open Heaven Daily Devotional 20 May 2023
TOPIC: Sexual Immorality Is Forbidden (I)
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
1 Corinthians 6:18
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ezra 8-10
READ: Proverbs 5:15-23
Open Heaven Daily Devotional 20 May 2023 MESSAGE
The phrase ‘sexual immorality’ covers all improper sexual conduct and practices like fornication, adultery, masturbation, prostitution, pornography, incest, homosexuality, rape, child sexual abuse, bestiality and so on. There is a special relationship between these sins and the human eye as revealed in 2 Peter 2:14. The eye or face is sometimes used interchangeably in the Bible and both are very important for effective communication.
This is why the Bible speaks of having eyes full of adultery. Adultery and fornication are sexual practices that are considered immoral and abominable according to the word of God. Having eyes full of sexual immorality means communicating sexual attraction or immoral interest with the eyes or face. In extreme cases, it could also mean that a person’s mind is always filled with sensual or erotic desire, especially towards persons other than their spouses.
The fact however, remains that the allure of a promiscuous person is centred in the eyes or face, as revealed by Proverbs 6:25 which says, “…neither let her take thee with her eyelids”, and Isaiah 3:16 talks about walking around with stretched necks and promiscuous eyes. For this reason, painting the face and eyelids was regarded as a means of amplifying beauty and sexual attraction; thus promiscuous people have used it as a means of seduction since Bible days (like Jezebel in 2 Kings 9:30).
Meanwhile, our Lord Jesus Christ equates looking at a member of the opposite sex lustfully with adultery (Matthew 5:28). This means that those who deliberately make up and dress to amplify their sexual attraction are in actual fact causing others to commit adultery on a daily basis.
Since Christians must be careful not to cause others to stumble, according to Romans 14:13 and 1 Corinthians 8:9, we all must ensure that we are modest in our dressing (1 Timothy 2:9-10) and conduct so we do not become a stumbling block in the path of others. This is the established will of God.
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