Matthew 5:27-29,31,32 says ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt NOT commit adultery. But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her ALREADY in his heart. And if thy right eye offends thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body should be cast into HELL.
What do men see in a woman? What do women want men to see when they look at her? What does GOD want to see in all men and women? Jesus lived on this earth for 33 and one-half years. Jesus was human. Jesus was around sinners. In fact, he came to seek and save sinners. Jesus was around women, even harlots, and lived a perfect, pure, holy, and godly life. Joseph sold into EGYPT and was able to look and talk with POTIPHAR`S WIFE and maintain his godliness, even though she could not. What made the difference?
I John 4:8 says GOD IS LOVE. That is what makes the difference. The first woman that each child sees is their MOTHER. What does a child see when they look at their mother? What does a child see in their grandmothers? What do boys see when they look at a girl or at another boy? Parents have a big responsibility in teaching their children HOW to look at other boys and girls. What does a girl think when she looks at a boy or another girl? What does GOD want them to think about? WHEN a boy decides to go on a date, which girl will he ask and WHY? Will a boy want to date a girl because of her godly spiritual life or for some other reason? One man once said that I will not marry a non-Christian because I will not date a non-Christian. Phileo is the Greek word for love of a friend. Eros is the Greek word for love of a spouse (wife or husband). Far too many men and women get eros in their lives before MARRIAGE and commit fornication. This makes eros wrong. TO be right in the sight of GOD eros must wait until a person is married and the bed undefiled. Dating is a very important time in the lives of men and women. Dating can be pure and holy, or it can be sinful and degrading.
John 17:17 says sanctify them through THY TRUTH, thy word is truth. John 8:32 says and ye shall know the TRUTH, and the truth shall make you free.
John 10: 26-28 says but ye believed not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I have said unto you. My sheep HEAR my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them ETERNAL LIFE; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
I Corinthians 6:13-18 says now the body is not for fornication, but for the LORD; and the Lord for the body. And God hath raised up the Lord and will also raise up us by his own power. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the MEMBERS OF CHRIST and make them the members of a harlot? GOD FORBID. WHAT! Know ye not that he which is joined to a harlot is ONE BODY? For two, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined into the Lord is ONE SPIRIT WITH THE LORD. FLEE FORNICATIONJ. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. THEREFORE, when dating starts, the whole armor of God must be put on by both the boy and the girl to fight Satan properly. Heaven will surely be worthy it all. The golden rule of the Bible is do unto others as ye would have them do unto you. How many young people and adults have gone out, had a few drinks, committed fornication, and not made it home alive? They died in their sins with no hope of eternal life in heaven. How awful to burn in HELL forever for a sinful pleasure here on earth.
Proverbs 31: 10-12,25 says who can find a virtuous (Christian) woman? Her PRICE is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth SAFELY TRUST IN HER, so that he shall have no need of spoil or anything. She will do him good and not evil ALL THE DAYS OF HER LIFE. She will take care of all his needs all the days of her life. She will do him good.
Ephesians 5:22-25 says wives, submit yourselves unto your own husband, as unto the Lord. For THE HUSBAND IS THE HEAD OF THE WIFE, EVEN AS CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH, AND IS THE SAVIOUR OF THE BODY. As the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husband in everything. Husbands, love your wife, even as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it. Our whole life depends on how well we know the Bible and the decisions we make.
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