Song of Solomon 3 & 4
1 Corinthians 12.1-31
Song of Solomon 3 & 4:
Staying within God’s boundaries
3.5b, “I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the does of the field, do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases.”
This verse emphasizes the importance of keeping sexual passions within the boundaries God has laid down. Whether we’re married or single, it’s important to set godly standards of purity for ourselves and, if necessary, make ourselves accountable to godly friends.
Often times, we think that means simply not doing anything we see as sinful. But God’s standard is much higher, it is inner and outer holiness. Job said he had made a covenant with his eyes not to gaze at a virgin (Job 31.1).
3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
In fact, we don’t sin outwardly without first having issues in the heart (Prov. 23.7).
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies (Matt.15.18-19).
So the next time you let you eyes, your mind, or your mouth wander somewhere it shouldn’t go, remember you’re on a slippery slope. We all tend to think we can play around with sin and can “handle it.” But the sinful thoughts we believe we can handle often end up “handling” us!