The Cup of Love

“Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. …Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control” (1 Corinthians 7:2,5).
To prevent fornication (Greek — porneia, connected with our word “pornography” and refers to illicit sexual activity), the inspired apostle said each man is to have his own wife and each woman her own husband. His point — times of physical intimacy are not to be abused by unlawful sexual contact.
Despite the clear injunction of Scripture, researcher Anthony Thompson says that extramarital affairs have reached epidemic proportion in our modern society. He estimates that between 50 and 60 percent of American husbands and 45 to 55 percent of wives become extramaritally involved by the age of forty (Michael P. Nichols, “Loss of Innocence,” The Power of the Family, p. 312). To borrow from song and Scripture, more than half of all married partners are “drinking” in the wrong place. (Recently disgraced New York governor Eliot Spitzer is but another example of the problem). They’re quenching their thirst (i.e., desire) at the wrong well. Ironically, the Almighty specifically designated only ONE location for drinking — the marriage bed (cf. Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Matthew 19:3-9).
Something happens when a pretty girl
Smiles at a married man.
It’ll take him back for a moment;
Then he’ll wonder just where he stands.
And if his cup of love is empty ’cause he can’t drink at home,
When another woman offers her drink
Temptation comes on strong.
Now a woman can see when there’s lust in the eyes
Of a man who is looking her way.
And even though she’s married there’s something exciting
In the kind words a stranger might say.
And if her cup of love is empty ’cause she can’t drink at home,
When another man offers his drink
Temptation comes on strong.
You gotta keep his cup filled up with love
And don’t ever let it run dry.
Keep her drinking at home and when she’s out alone
It’ll help her let temptation go on by (“Cup of Love,” lyrics by Steve and Annie Chapman).
The wise man counseled, “Be faithful to your own wife, just as you drink water from your own well. Don’t pour your water in the streets; don’t give your love to just any woman. These things are yours alone and shouldn’t be shared with strangers. Be happy with the wife you married when you were young. She gives you joy, as your fountain gives you water. She is as lovely and graceful as a deer. Let her love always make you happy; let her love always hold you captive” (Proverbs 5:15-19 NCV). The New King James version concludes the same passage by saying, “…Rejoice with the wife of your youth…and always be enraptured (intoxicated — KJV) with her love.”
Yes, married couples can enjoy the fountain of refreshment (1 Corinthians 7:3,4), but only at home. Drink and get drunk — at home.

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