Monday, May 10th, 2010
"I shall walk about in the integrity of my heart inside my house." (Psalm 101:2)
We need to obey Jehovah even when we seem to be alone. The psalmist David noted the importance of integrity on occasions when he may have been alone. As king, David led a very public life. There were no doubt many times when he had hundreds, even thousands, of observers. However, David learned that when he might have been alone - 'inside his house' - he still needed to walk in integrity. David wrote: "I shall not set in front of my eyes any good-for-nothing thing." (Psalm 101:3) Today, access to the Internet has presented many with a challenge in this regard. It is easy to be lured into looking at suggestive, even pornographic, material. But is doing so an act of obedience to the God who inspired David to pen those words? Pornography is harmful, for it inflames wrong and greedy desires, damages the conscience, erodes marriages, and degrades everyone involved.—Proverbs 4:23; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5.
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/08; 2:5, 6)
This ties in well with the theme of our recent circuit assembly program, about 'safeguarding our spirituality' and the folly of being 'overconfident' in this regard. We need Jehovah's holy spirit to resist temptations no matter how spiritually strong we think we are. King David learned this lesson the hard way. Unfortunately, his son Solomon never did.
Think of the irony here ...by not applying the words he penned above, King David succumbed to the most serious sin he ever committed during his lifetime...adultery, and the murder of an innocent man. Which was followed by a string of terrible consequences that plagued his entire family for years afterward. -And it all started because he foolishly allowed himself, (in the privacy of his own home), to watch Bathsheba while she was bathing and developed a passion for her.
And that 'visual' scenario wasn't even *remotely* as pornographic or ensnaring as what's available today on the internet! If that could happen to Jehovah's hand-selected, anointed king of Israel, (who was one of the most spiritually strong and faithful men to have ever lived), just imagine how much more diligent we need to be when it comes to rejecting immoral imagery and entertainment, since we are surrounded by so much of it nowadays.