by: Pastor Isiah L. Qualls
Some of you “old school” music aficionados remember that song from yesteryear!
Well, actually it just might be good to come forward and confess that as men we actually do see and notice the women that cross our paths. I know, our mind tells us to pretend to the wife, or fiancée, that we don’t see when we actually do!
I have been given the task to address this type of issue as it relates to women and their choice of revealing attire during the warm months of the year. How are we men to posture ourselves and at the same time not miss God?
Without being over simplistic, let’s look at a couple of scriptures. First, Matthew 5:28 KJV
“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
I do realize that the referenced scripture deals specifically with adultery, but the principle is the same. It is not the looking upon the woman that is the sin; rather the purpose of the looking!
We must set our heart everyday to prepare for the encounters that we are to have with women during that day. We can look, it is okay and it is natural. God blessed the earth with the gift and the beauty of females for men. But looking upon with the intention of lusting, which can lead to further acts of the mind and spirit, is off limits to the man that wants to please God in his life!
One more reference. James 1:14-15 KJV
14) But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15) Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
In these verses, James lays it out pretty clearly. We will be tempted, but there is an order and purpose that temptation comes. The enemy wants to tempt us that we will be drawn away from the will of God. A thought is not the sin! Paul encourages us to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Rather, it is when we allow our thoughts to dominate and travel to and convince our heart to lust after what we see and ignore the safeguards of the Word and Holy Spirit. Then we are snagged and begin a pattern and history of sinful lusting and behavior.
I encourage you, stay on the right path this summer. Stay in the Word of God and train your eyes to not linger on the things that would cause you to slip!
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