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The Wisdom and Goodness of God – The Seventh Commandment

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The Wisdom and Goodness of God

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Here we can see the wisdom of God at work.

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Read Exodus 20:14

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“You shall not commit adultery.”

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How good and wise is the Lord, and how beautiful and mysterious are His ways. Jesus is proof that the sexual urge can be reined in without sacrificing fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore (Ps. 16.11). The Lord commands us to bridle all adulterous inclinations, beginning at the most basic level of lust, and to preserve the sanctity of marriage and the honor of God in our approach to sex. God wants us to know full and abundant life. It’s why He sent Jesus (Jn. 10.10). Sex will be part of that for the vast majority of us, but we will only know the full beauty of that aspect of our humanity when we submit to the wisdom of God and practice sexual relations according to His clear and unequivocal mandates. It’s when we think we know better – think we’re wiser – than God that we get into trouble over sex.

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How does obeying this commandment show that we love God? That we love our neighbor? How does flagrantly disobeying it show just the opposite?

“In the Gates” is a devotional series on the Law of God by Rev. T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is editor of the Worldview Church. He serves as dean of the Centurions Program of the Wilberforce Forum and principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He is the author or editor of twenty books, and has contributed chapters to four others. His essays, reviews, articles, papers, and poetry have appeared in dozens of national and international journals, and on a wide range of websites. His most recent books are The Ailbe Psalter and The Ground for Christian Ethics (Waxed Tablet).

Scripture quotations in this article are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, (c) copyright 2001,2007 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Editor’s note: The use of a translation other than the Authorised Version in an article does not constitute an endorsement in whole or in part by The Christian Observer.


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