“Lukewarm deeds result from attempting to harmonize the wisdom and morality of the world (cold) with the wisdom and morality of God (hot).” from “The Discipline of Delusion: How Secular Ideas Became the New Idolatry” by Jerry Bangert
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“I adjure you, 0 daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the hinds of the field, that you stir not up nor awaken love until it please.” Song of Solomon 2:7
Solomon warns that the appetite for love must not be awakened before its time. Many individuals have neglected his warning, only to live the rest of their lives in regret. One of the most precious gifts an individual can bring to the marriage bed is purity. Prior experience causes the mind to remember the past in the midst of the presence, making the act of love less beautiful than God meant it to be.
Many appetites are natural, such as food, thirst, and sex. Many appetites are acquired, such as drugs, alcohol, gambling, smoking, exercise, and chocolate. Although not all appetites are wrong, you must be careful which ones you cultivate, for once awakened, you have difficulty making them dormant again.
In many respects life is cruel and unforgiving. If in a moment of despair you jump from a tall building, in all probability you won’t get a second chance. You are forced to live with the consequences of the decisions you make. For some appetites, it is a matter of timing. For others, you don’t ever want to awaken them. Therefore make your decisions carefully. As you awaken your appetites ask, “Do I want to cultivate this appetite for the rest of my life?” If not, you should probably let it sleep.
2 Chronicles 13-14 John 12:1-26 (New King James Version)
2 Chronicles 13-14
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