Thursday, September 23, 2010

daily text 9/23

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
"Each one is tried by being drawn out and enticed by his own desire. Then the desire, when it has become fertile, gives birth to sin; in turn, sin, when it has been accomplished, brings forth death" (James 1:14, 15)

To avoid sexual immorality, we might do well to ask ourselves, 'Do I allow my eyes to arouse in me an appetite for immoral material readily found in books, on television, or on the Internet?' In fact, if any individual dedicated to God "keeps on looking" with immoral motives at someone of the opposite sex, he needs to make drastic changes comparable to tearing out the eye and throwing it away. (Matthew 5:27-29) We should heed Paul's counsel: "Deaden . . . your body members that are upon the earth as respects fornication, uncleanness, sexual appetite, hurtful desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry." (Colossians 3:5) The word "deaded" stresses the strong measures that must be taken to fight against immoral fleshly desires.
(Watchtower issue: 2/15/09, 2:11, 12)