Are You Cheating On God?
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15 (ESV)
As we continue to elaborate on the topic of Are You Cheating On God, lets review what Cheating On God looks like and is. Self perception is often the common cause of us Cheating On God. It’s always in what WE think God will allow or what WE think we can or can’t do. It’s that constant “pushing the envelope” train of thought that makes us feel like it’s not so bad. It’s almost as if, when we do something that offends God and there is no immediate consequence…we think God was okay with it. The bible tells us in Galatians 6:7 (ESV) “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” I was once told, “Your fruit today is a direct reflection of what you’ve planted in your past.” Although the consequence is not present now, if in fact you shall reap what you sow…I find the bible to be true.
There was a couple that met in college, fell in love almost immediately and got married. Living together for two years, they never had a conversation about religion or anything that was close to it. Because they never communicated many things, the limitations on what they could and couldn’t do was basically created in the situation. Case and point, the man would pride himself on not being a cheater but would flirt with every woman that he would meet. He would even go so far as to hold hands on occasion to “make them comfortable” as he explained. It seemed he had an excuse for everything but one day he was approached by a woman. Attempting to do his usual flirting, she interrupted him abruptly and asked, “Is flirting considered cheating to you?” Taken back by the question the man smiled, took a sip of his drink and said, “I think there are limits.” The woman then asked, “What does God think about flirting?” At this point the decision is not based on what YOU think anymore, there is a standard now. Because we are the bride of Christ, in His Word, He has left answers for every conversation possible for us to have. If there is any miscommunication, it’s because we’re unfaithful. The book of Deuteronomy 30:15 (ESV) says, ”See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.” Now that right and wrong has been presented, what’s your excuse now?
Many of us struggle and fight with the exact same problems. Some of us may have even thought that flirting (as long as you don’t cross certain lines) was okay as well. But, ask yourselves how long can you flirt with the enemy before you become fully committed to him? Matthew 5:28 (ESV) tells us, “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” The bible also tells us that God searches the Heart of man. Again, if in fact you shall reap what you sow…ask yourself what have you been sowing? If this is you, Cheating On God…rightfully so you ”deserve” a God that is not faithful to you. Thank God we serve a God of second chances. There is no greater love than the love that Christ provides for His people. I challenge you today, to ask God to reveal to you “areas” where you need to change and improve but allow Him the lead in the restoring process. For our help is in the Lord!
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