Friday, July 16, 2010

daily text 7/16

Friday, July 16th, 2010
"Deaden . . . your body members . . . as respects fornication, uncleaness, [and] sexual appetite" (Colossians 3:5)

Many in the world develop improper sexual desires and succumb to them. Hence, we Christians need to pray for God's help and holy spirit so that unclean sexual desires do not control us. In addition, studying the Bible, attending Christian meetings, and sharing the good news with our neighbors will help us to "keep walking by spirit." Thus we "will carry out no fleshly desire at all." (Galatians 5:16) Certainly, if we view pornography, we will not be "walking by spirit." Similarly, every Christian needs to guard against reading, watching, or listening to sexually arousing material. Paralleling that, it is wrong for God's "holy people" to find any pleasure in joking about such matters or discussing them among themselves. (Ephesians 5:3, 4) We thereby show our loving Father that we really want to live in the righteous new world.
(Watchtower issue: 6/15/08, 1:14-16)