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Topic: BOYCOTT (11/01/18)
TITLE: Spurn it! Snub it! Shun it!
By Donna Martelli
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“Whatever things are true…”
Oh, the bright and beautiful man I see. He is a little far away, but I am interested in checking him out. Let’s see, how can I get closer to him? Reaching for him, I embarrass myself and begin laughing at my silliness. I sense a little feeling of dishonesty as I “love” him from afar.
What should I do? Boycott it right now. It’s a lie.
“Whatever things are noble…”
On my next try, I must be a little sneaky, because he belongs to someone else. I have known that all along but tried not to think about it very much. But he is so beautiful, sparkly and desirable. Reaching further, I touch him, but I pull back. My wandering heart makes me ashamed and leaves me feeling anything but noble.
What should I do? Boycott it. It’s not noble!
“Whatever things are just…”
I am aware that I am not behaving justly, going places in my mind and heart where I do not belong, all in pursuing this beautiful man that is not for me. I would be hurting the one whose he is if she knew of my thoughts. Furthermore, my thoughts are giving birth to actions. I am closer to him, but I feel guilty because of my sinful desires.
What should I do? Boycott it. It’s unjust!
“Whatever things are pure…”
My thoughts are not pure, and my actions are progressing. I touch him! Oh, what bliss! The flip side of bliss inevitably comes forth as despair and dark depression. I want more but I can’t have it. I cry all day and all night.
What should I do? Boycott it. It’s impure!
“Whatever things are lovely…”
It is an ugly twisted form of love (lust) that is a slippery slope, a slow fade. Deception is a part of it. I think, “maybe it’s not so bad.”
What should I do? Boycott it. It’s ugly!
“Whatever things are of good report…”
This is no good report. It is secret and sinful. It has become despair that once began with a thought. I want him, I can’t have him. I want to fulfill the lusts of my flesh.
What is the answer? Only one:
“Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart”. 2 Timothy 2:22 (NKJV)
Flee = spurn, snub, shun, boycott. I must make a covenant with my own heart before God. Today I flee (boycott) my youthful lusts. The memories of things that never should have occurred are with me still, but I declare a boycott of this sin.
With the boycott comes freedom as Jesus gently takes my hand to lead me in paths of righteousness, for His Name’s sake. Hallelujah, what a Savior!
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