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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, October 29, 1997
Dear Colleagues,

HOW TO REMAIN A “ONE WOMAN MAN”+ –

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Good Morning!

The Scriptures require spiritual leaders to be a “One woman man.”  (I Tim. 3:2).

Here are a few suggestions that may prove helpful:

EYES  –  Remember the song, “I Only Have Eyes for You”?  We must determine to only “look” at our wives. Lustful gazes are acts of adultery.  (Matt. 5:29; Job 31:1)

S. Lewis said, “If you look at ham and eggs with lust, you already have committed breakfast.”

EARS – How easily we can be sexually stimulated by what we hear. Proverbs cautions us,  “For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil.”  (Prov. 5:3)

LIPS – A man committed to his wife does not flatter other women: “Whoever flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his feet.”  (Prov. 29:5)

HANDS – Paul admonishes us to  “Treat…younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.”  (I Tim. 5:2).  The manner in which we relate physically to our sisters should serve as a guideline in our association with other women.

FEET – We can easily identify with the statement,  “I can resist anything but temptation.”  Perhaps that’s why the Scriptures warn us to  Flee youthful lusts…”  (II Tim 2:22a) 

David stood and looked at naked Bathsheba and ended up committing adultery and murder.  By contrast,  Joseph fled Potifer’s seductive  wife and remained pure.  (2 Sam.11; Gen. 39)

MIND – It is only by the renewing of the mind that we can expect to live a pure life:  Let God remold your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good…”  (Rom. 12:2b – Philips Translation) God’s word is central to the renewal process.

QUESTION: Are you allowing anything into your mind that is making the renewal process unnecessarily difficult?

HEART – Wise old Solomon cautioned us,  “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”  (Prov. 4:23)

Thus, emotional involvement with a person of the opposite sex is often an early step in the process that culminates in the act of adultery. 

QUESTION:  Does your present attitude and pattern of behavior indicate a deep resolve to remain a “ONE WOMAN MAN”?

 

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

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