Monday, April 18, 2011

Flavel's Sixth Direction on Putting Lust to Death

Make choice of a meet yoke-fellow, and delight in her you have chosen. This is a lawful remedy (1 Cor 7:9). God ordained it (Gen 2:21). But herein appears the corruption of nature, that men delight to tread by-paths, and forsake the way which God has appointed. As that divine poet, Mr. George Herbert says,
If God had laid all common, certainly
Man would have been th' encloser: but since now
God hath impal'd us, on the contrary
Man breaks the fence, and every ground will plough.
O what were man, might he himself misplace! 
Sure to be cross he would shift feet and face.
Stolen waters are sweeter to them than those waters they might lawfully drink at their own fountain: but withal know, it is not the having, but the delighting in a lawful wife, as God requires you to do, that must be a fence against this sin. So Solomon, "Let her be as the loving hind, and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times, and be thou ravished always with her love (Prov 5:19)."

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