The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you Peace. (Numbers 6: 24-26)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Random Bible Verse(s) of the Day

Sacrifices Well-Pleasing to God

Let brotherly love continue.  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you also are in the body.  Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for God will judge the immoral and adulterous.  Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, "I will never fail you nor forsake you."  Hebrews 13: 1-5

From the Notes in my Bible:

13: 4 - "the marriage bed":  Prohibits every form of sexual immorality inside (e.g. adultery) and outside (e.g. fornication) the boundaries of lawful wedlock.  This standard of chastity applies to the married and unmarried alike.

13: 5 - "love of money":  A deadly vice that, left unchecked, can destroy our hope of salvation (Mt 6: 24; 19: 23).

Give up the idols.  Fornication (sex outside of marriage) and adultery (sex with someone other than one's spouse) are both forms of idolatry.  It is a disordered worship of a God given aspect of our humanity.  Money becomes an idol and a controlling factor in our lives when we forget that God provides for us, and we instead worship the coin of the realm as the provider of our needs and source of our happiness.

Just a thought.

Fr. Michael+

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