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Devotional for 3-17-2019

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LEARNING FROM OTHERS

“If you’re smart,” he said convincingly, “you can learn from the mistakes of others. You’ll never live long enough to make all of them yourself and learn the consequences of looking dumb and being foolish. And,” he continued, “you won’t have to pay the high price some of us have had to pay for our mistakes.”

Perhaps that was the intent of Solomon when he wrote, “My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight.” This is a very stern warning from an experienced, and perhaps, “worldly-wise” father to his son. Pay attention and listen well are very similar in their intent. “Son, listen up, or else you’ll be sorry!” Not sorry today for the mistakes of today – for we rarely experience immediate consequences for our wrongful behavior. But there will be a payday – someday! We can be certain of being rewarded, or punished for everything we do.

Sexual indiscretion has serious, and very often, life-long consequences. Consequences that impact more than those involved in “sex outside of marriage.” God very clearly and carefully defined the boundaries: a rich sexual relationship is to be confined to and experienced within the bonds of the marriage covenant. No exceptions!

Society ridicules such a “narrow view” of sex. However, when we look at the tragic consequences of “casual sex,” it is heartbreaking: unwanted children, rampant abortions, broken hearts and homes, disease, children growing up without their “mom” or “dad.” Chose God’s way!

Prayer: How costly, Father, is the price we pay when we disobey Your laws. Give us Your strength to obey Your teachings and commands we pray. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Proverbs 5:1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight. 

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