Monday, October 19, 2009

Proverbs, Chapter 5

There is not a single positive thing that can come out of adultery. It destroys trust, lives, and any benefits from it are only for the short term. It is ironic that we get a warning from King Solomon in Proverbs, chapter 5, as he had over 700 wives and 300 concubines. Why then should we trust a man who so clearly disregarded God's design for sexuality and marriage.

Perhaps it is because he speaks from experience. The entire idea behind sexuality is that it is an intimate, treasured experience. God only means for us to share it between a husband and wife. As always, God's idea about something is much better than anything man can come up with. From what I have seen, those that value this idea are much happier in the long run than those that do not.

 20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress?
       Why embrace the bosom of another man's wife?

 21 For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD,
       and he examines all his paths.

 22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him;
       the cords of his sin hold him fast.

 23 He will die for lack of discipline,
       led astray by his own great folly. – Proverbs 5:20-23

Adultery affects more than the people committing it. It is an affront to God, turning away from Him in one of the strongest ways we can turn from him. It is a selfish act, and it strong speaks of a lack of discipline. Discipline comes from sticking through event he bad times, and that includes with a spouse. Without discipline, you can never find true wisdom.

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