Thursday, September 5, 2019

Daily Devotion: Your Own Cistern

Bible Reading: Proverbs 5

Key Verse: Verse 15 – “Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.

Key Words: Drink waters out of thine own cistern

Sexual purity is the plea from Proverbs, chapter five. In verse three we are warned not to be taken in by smooth words. In verses four and five we are cautioned about the end result of adultery, “But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death, her steps take hold on hell.”

Then in verse fifteen we are commanded to drink waters out of our own cistern. The principle is that we are to be faithful to our spouse and satisfied with them as well. Divorce is not an option.

A man came to his pastor for help because he was considering a divorce. The pastor counseled him to stay in the marriage and began to show the man Scriptures which spoke to the issue of marital commitment. He first used Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives.” The man responded by saying, “I don’t love her.” The pastor then turned to John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” The man responded, “I can’t love her, we fight all the time. The longer I stay with her, the less I like her.”

The pastor was determined though, so he quoted Matthew 22:39, “…Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

“Pastor,” the man responded, “you don’t understand, we’re not even friends anymore.”

The pastor’s face lighted up with relief, “Well, then I’ve got just the verse you need.” Triumphantly, he read Matthew 5:44, “…Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

Let me encourage each of you going through marital trials today, stay with it, be faithful, and trust in God.

What to do:
✞ Be satisfied with the wife of your youth – and husband, I might add.
✞ Be faithful to your mate.
✞ Remember sexual indiscretion can kill a marriage.

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