CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 14, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Lust #1: Love Is Basic

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS-

LUST #1: LOVE IS BASIC

MONTE W. HOLLAND

INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

 THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

 

LUST #1:

LOVE IS BASIC

 SCRIPTURE:  27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (NIV) (Matthew 5:27-28)

      8 Let love be your only debt! If you love others, you have done all that the Law demands. 9 In the Law there are many commands, such as, “Be faithful in marriage. Do not murder. Do not steal. Do not want what belongs to others.” But all of these are summed up in the command that says, “Love others as much as you love yourself.” 10 No one who loves others will harm them. So love is all that the Law demands. (CEV) (Romans 13:8-10)

(additional Scripture at end of devotion)

DEVOTION: Consider the two terms, lust and love. Are they related?

     Jesus put lust in its place. Lust ranks right up there with adultery, and adultery is on the Ten Commandment list supplied by God to Moses. Adultery has absolutely no place in the Christian life—neither does lust.

     Leviticus tells us that adultery is punishable by death. Where does that leave lust?

     Lust cannot be excused by such terms as But she is so lovely and loveable or I cannot help it because she is beautiful and has such a curvaceous body.

     Lust desires the body. It seeks one’s own satisfaction, disrespects the other person, disrespects his/her spouse and children, and disrespects the Ten Commandments.

     Love reveres the whole person. Love is basic. Jesus taught love of God, neighbor, and self—the Great Commandment. Love does no harm to others.

     It’s difficult to follow our listed scriptures—respect all persons equally, keep the Ten Commandments, truly love yourself, and honestly anticipate God’s judgment.

     Whereas the law of love honors all laws and honors the value of all other people, lust does (more…)

March 6, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 16

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: DAY 16

Monte Holland

This is the sixteenth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/a-daily-online-lenten-study-guide-introduction/

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 15

Today’s photographs feature Thunder on the Mountain UAL Flt. 93 Memorial Chapel in Shanksville, PA To view click on: http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/2010/03/daily-online-lenten-study-guide-day-16.html

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The Seventh Commandment:  14Be faithful in marriage.  Exodus 20:14    

     As I said previously, everything is about being good stewards of God’s Creation. Since human beings are responsible for producing a new generation, most of our society, and most societies, consider marriage the appropriate model for reproduction and for rearing the resulting children to adulthood. Marriage is intended to produce a stable environment for a growing child, one in which they learn about relating to God and interacting with other human beings and the created order in general.

     In the marriage ceremony, before God, a man and a woman promise faithfulness to each other and to God. In specific they promise to only have sexual relations only with each other until one of them dies. Ideally, this makes the marriage strong and provides the best environment for children while they are growing to adulthood. Other factors are also important for the strength of the family, as will be seen in the remaining commandments.

     Marriage sets the standard for human sexual behavior, restricting sexual relations (to love in the deepest sense) to your marriage partner. Beyond this, though not stated specifically here, comes the prohibition of fornication—sexual relations with a person you are not married to. Single persons dishonor God when they have sex outside marriage. The Bible’s ban on fornication affirms the importance of monogamous sexual relations as a cement in the marriage and supports marriage as a children-rearing unit.

     Although extramarital sexual relations have always been part of the culture, the current generations have pushed very hard to expand the envelope on both fornication and adultery. The commandment stands as a call to take seriously the stewardship of our deepest human relationship, which includes human intimacy and rearing children in a stable environment.

Hear the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:14-20: The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.” But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

The Seventh Commandment: DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY. (DO NOT HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONS OUTSIDE OF YOUR MARRIAGE COMMITMENT.)

Note: Marriage is a sacred trust, a cornerstone of a stable society—raising children and bringing a new generation into adulthood is a key part of life. Marriages with tensions of sexual promiscuity do not provide a good environment for the nurture of children. However, this Scripture has no statement that rejects other types of home structure, even though healthy types of home structures are expected to include the common denominator that adultery and fornication are not permitted.

EXERCISES:

Exercise 1: “Casual sex” is a common phrase in our vocabulary. This seems to imply that sexual relations are sometimes of little or no consequence. The Sixth Commandment says otherwise. The sexual experience is emotional as well as physical in a rather intense way. Give your own (more…)

March 11, 2009

Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life: 3

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

BASIC BIBLICAL TEACHINGS FOR THE

GODLY AND MORAL LIFE: 3

Guest writer Monte W. Holland

For some time, my husband, Monte, has been concerned about today’s young generation and the ethical behavior, which they are exposed to in today’s society. He sees the inconsistencies in what they experience in society and what is taught by Biblical Scripture, where lessons on “The Godly, Moral Life,” are presented.
As a step in counteracting society’s UnGodly, Immoral life lessons, he developed a series of six lessons, one for each week in Lent, beginning today, Ash Wednesday. Each lesson is divided into seven daily sections. Below is an introduction for the first week, and a link to its entire writings, hosted by the Open Hands Ministry site. Open Hands is a ministry of the United Methodist Churches in the Ligonier, PA, area, which provides layettes for WIC babies in Westmoreland County, and operates second-hand clothing and furnishings stores in Stahlstown and Jeannette.
Click on the same link  
http://www.methodists-care.org/  for a Children and Youth version of this Lenten Study.Earlier segments of this study are linked there

AN ON-LINE STUDY GUIDE FOR THE LENTEN SEASON- “Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life”
LESSON 3  Wednesday March 11 –  Tuesday March 17, 2009
Ten Commandments (Part 2) Exodus 20:12-17  (see also Deuteronomy 5:16-21)
12Respect your father and your mother, and you will live a long time in the land I am giving you.
    13Do not murder.
    14Be faithful in marriage.
    15Do not steal.
    16Do not tell lies about others.
    17Do not want anything that belongs to someone else. Don’t want anyone’s house, wife or husband, slaves, oxen, donkeys or anything else.
Comments: 

     The first four commandments speak about (more…)

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