Friday, September 2, 2022

Daily Devotion: Purity in Marriage

Bible Reading: Ephesians 5:1-6

Key Verse: Verse 2 - “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”

Key Words: for a sweetsmelling savour

Purity is a sweet-smelling savor. The word purity literally means “to keep yourself clean, unspotted, and undefiled.”

The Word of God tells us in Ephesians 5:3, “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;”

Why does the Bible say so pointedly, “Let it not once be named among you,”? Well, one reason is that no marriage can stand against the forces of sexual immorality. If immorality is injected into a believer’s marriage and not dealt with, it is doubtful that the marriage can last.

We live in a society that is bent on dragging Christian marriages into the gutter. Have you ever noticed the theme of most movies? Have you ever looked at the target of all the tabloids, the soap operas, and the magazines? Why, they all emphasize sex, adultery, and fornication (they call them affairs). They include homosexuality and other perverse sexual sins. The world attempts to make it all right to be unfaithful; but Hebrews 13:4 is still in the Bible, “Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” Proverbs deals with a godly woman – a wife – a mate, “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies...Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” (Proverbs 31:10, 28).

Men, let me remind you, if you have a wife who is pure and loves you, if you have a faithful wife - you have a precious jewel of valuable price. Likewise, dear lady, if your husband is honorable and true to you, you have a tremendous treasure.

Sinclair Lewis, a pastor from years gone by, once received a letter from a very young and beautiful woman who wished to become his secretary. She said she could type, file, and anything else. She concluded, “…when I say anything, I mean anything!” Lewis turned the letter over to his wife who wrote to the young woman saying, “Mr. Lewis already has an excellent secretary who can type and file and do everything else, when I say everything, I do mean everything!

Stay faithful to each other, and teach faithfulness to your children.

What to do:

The key to being faithful to your mate begins by being faithful to God.

Everyday let your mate know you love them and have eyes only for them.

Pray for your mate daily.

Date your mate regularly.

Attend church together every time the doors are open.

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