When Am I Going to Far? - Devotion 6

Hebrews 13:4

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immorality. (NIV)

A couple made a promise to one another that they would not have sex before marriage. They wanted to be pleasing to God with their bodies. Yet, like a typical couple they were a bit infatuated with one another. After all, they were rightly excited with one another as they continued to build their friendship. One day they decided that they would enjoy a movie together and spend time kissing afterward. They would not go any further than this. It sounded like a good plan and they proceeded to go through with this.

It produced some neat sensations and they admired one anotherís bodies and they remained true to their promise. They did the same thing the next week, alone together, they began to kiss neck and neck. The arousal was very strong and both of them consumed with each other proceeded to go much farther than they had ever imagined.

There is an old expression that says "Don't play with fire otherwise you will get burned." This couple thought they could control their passions, yet as they pushed the limits they could not control themselves. A word from the wise, the longer the kisses, the greater the body contact, the greater chance of getting burned.

I have often heard people say, "It was an accident" that we had sex. Yet, this is the furthest from the truth. It was not an accident. If you put yourself in the metaphorical marriage bed, what happens there will happen. They put themselves alone, in a setting where the conditions were very right. It is no accident.

What do you do in such a situation? If you find your body running the show rather than your mind, then take a shower or go away by yourself. Donít place yourself in temptations way. If by yourself you sin, repent to God, this is much better than dishonoring the marriage bed and being left with tremendous guilt, and a commitment of marriage that can not be taken back.

If you find yourselves constantly in such great temptations it is better to make adjustments i.e. to promise to be clothed and not spend long times alone together, showing body parts. This is just playing with fire. You might not burn yourself the first time, but eventually I can almost guarantee it you will get burned. Keep the marriage bed pure.

Prayer: Lord your servant John said, "If we say we have not sinned we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us, but if we confess our sins God is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Lord I do fail in thought word, and deed. Forgive me for Jesus sake and help me by the power of the Holy Spirit to change my life to be pleasing to you. Lord provide people around me, fellow Christians to help hold me accountable and to keep the marriage bed pure. In Jesus name. Amen.