Song of Solomon 3 & 4
1 Corinthians 12.1-31
Holiness: Speak, See, Hear, Think No Evil
Song of Solomon 3 & 4:
Holiness & Our Heart
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 are 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).
And Ephesians 5 says:
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 are 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!
Today’s Other Readings:
All Good Things by His Hand
10 He sends the springs into the valleys;
They flow among the hills.
11 They give drink to every beast of the field;
The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 By them the birds of the heavens have their home;
They sing among the branches.
13 He waters the hills from His upper chambers;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.
14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the service of man,
That he may bring forth food from the earth,
15 And wine that makes glad the heart of man,
Oil to make his face shine,
And bread which strengthens man’s heart.
16 The trees of the LORD are full of sap,
The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
17 Where the birds make their nests;
The stork has her home in the fir trees.
18 The high hills are for the wild goats;
The cliffs are a refuge for the rock badgers.
19 He appointed the moon for seasons;
The sun knows its going down.
20 You make darkness, and it is night,
In which all the beasts of the forest creep about.
21 The young lions roar after their prey,
And seek their food from God.
22 When the sun rises, they gather together
And lie down in their dens.
23 Man goes out to his work
And to his labor until the evening.
What an incredible passage! Every good and perfect gift truly does come down from the Father of lights (Jas. 1.17) whether for man or beast!
When Your Enemy Falls
“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him.”
1 Corinthians 13 says it this way, “love …does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth …” Verses like these should cause us to realized just how much we need His grace. These are things we cannot do on our own. Only the love of Christ working through us can enable us to live a life that pleases Him!
1 Corinthians 12.1-31:
The Body of Christ
What a beautiful illustration of the body of Christ, how we have all been gifted in different ways, and how it all works together just as a physical body functions as one.
One key verse to remember:
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all” (v. 7).
Whatever spiritual gifts we have received (and we all have at least one, Eph. 4.7; Rom. 12.3-8), they are not for our own benefit, but so we can use those gifts to bless others.
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