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Roadmap for Life – Day 8

- Sex a touchy subject
- Mind the pitfalls
- Pornography – a deadly virus
- Be “drug and drink” smart
- Drunk is not cool

Bible text(s)

9The look in your eyes, my sweetheart and bride,

and the necklace you are wearing

have stolen my heart.

Song of Songs 4:9GNBOpen in Bible reader
The Woman

10My lover is handsome and strong;

he is one in 10,000.

Song of Songs 5:10GNBOpen in Bible reader

19Don't you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but to God; 20he bought you for a price. So use your bodies for God's glory.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20GNBOpen in Bible reader

12Those who think they are standing firm had better be careful that they do not fall. 13Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.

1 Corinthians 10:12-13GNBOpen in Bible reader

13Someone else will say, “Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food.” Yes; but God will put an end to both. The body is not to be used for sexual immorality, but to serve the Lord; and the Lord provides for the body. 14God raised the Lord from death, and he will also raise us by his power.

1 Corinthians 6:13-14GNBOpen in Bible reader

18Avoid immorality. Any other sin a man commits does not affect his body; but the man who is guilty of sexual immorality sins against his own body.

1 Corinthians 6:18GNBOpen in Bible reader

1All these promises are made to us, my dear friends. So then, let us purify ourselves from everything that makes body or soul unclean, and let us be completely holy by living in awe of God.

2 Corinthians 7:1GNBOpen in Bible reader

1Drinking too much makes you loud and foolish. It's stupid to get drunk.

Proverbs 20:1GNBOpen in Bible reader
The Eighteenth Saying

29-30Show me someone who drinks too much, who has to try out some new drink, and I will show you someone miserable and sorry for himself, always causing trouble and always complaining. His eyes are bloodshot, and he has bruises that could have been avoided. 31Don't let wine tempt you, even though it is rich red, though it sparkles in the cup, and it goes down smoothly. 32The next morning you will feel as if you had been bitten by a poisonous snake. 33Weird sights will appear before your eyes, and you will not be able to think or speak clearly. 34You will feel as if you were out on the ocean, sea-sick, swinging high up in the rigging of a tossing ship. 35“I must have been hit,” you will say; “I must have been beaten up, but I don't remember it. Why can't I wake up? I need another drink.”

Proverbs 23:29-35GNBOpen in Bible reader

Sex a touchy subject
Sex is on the collective minds of most people. There is very little that deters us from engaging in sex, whether it is in a stable, long-term relationship or with a succession of partners. As a Christian, you need to be very clear on where you stand in this regard.

The Bible gives definite guidelines about promiscuity. Yet the Bible is very open about the physical attraction between two people in love. Make a point of reading the Song of Songs, a whole book of poetry in praise of love.

However, as with all good things in life, there is a condition attached.

Mind the pitfalls
There is no reason for any sensible person with a reasonable amount of common sense to dread life. But be aware of things that can rob you of your joy and innocence.

Pornography – a deadly virus
Pornography is as old as mankind itself but with modern communication media it has spread to the point where nothing is sacred and even the most innocent among us are tainted. The Bible doesn’t spare its words in condemning sexual immorality:

Be “drug and drink” smart
There is no such thing as smart drugs or liquor, despite what TV ads tell you. They make fools of even the smartest people. Yet drinking and taking drugs seem to be part and parcel of today’s social scene.

Acknowledge that there might be people in your circle of friends, co-workers or even family who drink or take drugs. Accept that they have made their choice and you’ve made yours. Choose to surround yourself with people that can have fun without using drugs and alcohol to get high.

Drunk is not cool
The Bible often speaks about the effects of alcohol abuse which apply equally to drug abuse. The author of Proverbs warns that.

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