Haggling Over Price

There is an old story about a man out on a date with a woman to whom he is very attracted. During dinner he gets up the nerve to ask her, “Would you sleep with me for a million dollar?” After thinking about it for a while, she says, “Yes, I will.”  A little while later, he asks, “Would you sleep with me for a dollar?” Insulted, she quickly responds angrily, “What do you think I am?” He replied, “We’ve already established that. Now we’re just haggling over price.”

Today, many men and women readily give away their greatest physical intimacy. There is no consideration for anything other than immediate gratification. The gratification sought can be physical or emotional or both. But in any case, it is sought without regard to the conscience. Sometimes there is no conscience speaking at all. Sometime it speaks, but is just stuffed into the darkness and disregarded.

God’s Word tells us we are not to commit adultery. We usually think that means we are not to have extramarital sex. That’s part of it. But God tells us adultery is more than that. It is also lust. He tells us that one who lusts after another also commits adultery. He is very specific that sex is for marriage only and that marriage is one man and one woman. Nothing less. Nothing more.

So, whether one sells their sex or one gives it away outside of marriage, it is adultery. Lusting after images or pornographic videos is adultery. And if we continue to repeat these behaviors, we numb our conscience and put ourselves in grave danger. What’s grave danger? Grave danger is eternal separation from God. Eternal separation in eternal agony.

Fortunately, by God’s grace, He gives forgiveness and salvation to those who confess their sins (to Him), repent (change their way of living) and trust in Jesus their Savior. It’s not as hard for us as we think. We just have to stop willfully walking away from Him. And you don’t have to take my word for it. You can read His Word. Just pick up a Bible. Start with the book of John. He’ll give you all the answers that matter.

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