Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, August 13th, 2018
Hot Topics... Uncommitted Coupling
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
Matthew 15:19 (NKJV)
95% of Americans have engaged in sex outside of marriage, which makes virginity a rare status--even among Christians. If we add in lust (as Jesus prescribed), then purity becomes even rarer.

So in large majority, we're unclean and unqualified to denounce others.* Fornication is still fornication, no matter how we choose to label it. Can we judge the world when we're guilty, too? I don't think so.

Besides, Christians aren't called to judge the world, no matter how much we want to do so. How am I certain? Because of Jesus. He didn't judge Rome, Caesar or Gentiles. Later, Paul spelled it out very clearly:

'What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?' (1 Corinthians 5:12, NIV).

Jesus didn't even pray for the world. 'I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me' (John 17:9, NKJV).

Bottom lines:

1. If I had to do it over again, I would have guarded myself more closely...and not given away what is precious. I hope wise Christians value purity.

2. If you've been an uncommitted coupler, if you've ever had an amorous thought that dishonored God or a marriage vow, your sin equals the wildest partyer.**

## Hot Topics: Uncommitted Coupling (Part 70)

* Yes, we are cleansed by the Blood of Jesus. But this miraculous, undeserved status does not entitle us to judge others for what we have done, too. Instead, it should prompt us toward even more compassion.

** 'For the person who keeps all of the Laws except One is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God's Laws' (James 2:10, NLT).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hot Topics series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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