Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 10, 2008

3. Preventing APL Disease

CupidArrowSculp by vintagehope

Imagine the damage and pain caused by an arrow tearing through your liver.

Scripture says adultery is like an arrow piercing the liver that will cost the adulterer his life (Proverbs 7:21-23).

How do you prevent Arrow-Pierced Liver (APL) disease? Scripture details practical instructions.

1. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

Guard your thoughts and emotions against improper casual attachments. Maintain appropriate reserve toward the opposite sex.

It is easier to pull up a seedling than an established tree. Fight the temptation battle at the outer defenses, not at the innermost wall.

Are you standing too close to someone or holding a gaze too long? Imagine hearing the twang of a bow and break away to dodge the liver-piercing arrow.

Couple by formanella

2. Rejoice in the wife of your youth…Be exhilarated always with her love…For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He watches all his paths. (Prov 5:18-21)

Consciously delight yourself in your spouse. Husbands, obey verse 19 (look it up). Wives, make this fun and easy.

3. Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord…Husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies…Let the wife see to it that she respect her husband. (Ephesians 5:22,28,33)

Husbands, tenderly nourish and cherish your wife as your own flesh.
Wives, highly esteem and obey your husband.
Honor each other above any and all other relationships.

Following these principles will shield your liver from arrows. During this Valentine month when we give special thanks for God’s gift of love, why not re-commit to tenacious and exuberant marital faithfulness, the most meaningful valentine of all.

Happy Valentine’s Day, my darling. I love you with all my LIVER!

This concludes the 3-part Valentine’s Day series on The Liver. Read the prequels:
1. A Liver-Shaped Valentine
2. Adultery and the Liver

Soli Deo Gloria.

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Sunday February 10, 2008 A.D.

Read my February 2008 newspaper column:
A Four-Fold Valentine

Drink water from your own cistern, and fresh water from your own well. Should your springs be dispersed abroad, streams of water in the streets? Let them be yours alone, and not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth. (Proverbs 5:15-18)

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