From The Christian’s Daily Walk. Headings are not the author’s.
A summary of the commandment
The seventh commandment concerns chastity, whereby God provides for a pure propagation and conservation of mankind, forbidding all bodily pollution, under the name of adultery.
Questions for reflection
- Have I been:
- modest, sober, shamefaced, possessing my body in chastity;
- shutting my eyes, stopping my ears, and restraining my other senses from all objects and occasions of lust;
- bridling my tongue from lascivious speeches;
- forbearing all manner of obsceneness [obscenity] and wantonness [crudeness];
- abstaining from self-pollution [masturbation], fornication, or any other natural or unnatural defilement of my body, either in deed or desire;
- wise in my choice in being married; and
- keeping the marriage-bed undefiled through a sanctified, sober, and seasonable use thereof?
- Am I guilty of:
- manifold acts of uncleanness, including immodest looks, touches and embraces;
- wanton speeches, gestures, apparel, and behaviour?
- Have I run into the manifold occasions of adultery and uncleanness, such as:
- choice of such meats, drinks, or any other things that provoke lust;
- effeminate dancing;
- frequenting wanton [crude] company; or
- unseasonable conversing with the other sex alone?