Archive for November 22nd, 2018

Proverbs 6:25-31

In Proverbs 6:25-31 Solomon addresses again the topic of adultery which he has seen up close and personal, first with his dad, and then in his own life.  King David was a brilliant strategist on the battlefield and a wise ruler on the throne, but he lost his common sense when he gazed at his neighbor’s wife and lusted for her. “He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.”  The blame for sin can only be placed on the one who chooses to sin.  While there may be another involved in the sinful activity, there is no way to pass the blame to them, as sin only happens when we choose to disobey God and His commands.

Note that the blame is upon the adulterer. He may blame the tempting woman, his wife, his lusts, his desires, his circumstances, God, or the devil himself. Yet at the end of it all, he destroys his own soul.  The guilty one destroys his own life.  It can’t be blamed on anyone else – responsibility for self-destruction falls on the one who makes the sinful choice.  And it doesn’t go away quickly.  “Wounds and dishonor will he get, and his disgrace will not be wiped away.”  In addition to the ways that sexual immorality brings harm it will also bring disgrace when it is discovered.  The pain is not short and easy – it is deep and destructive.

It also impacts others, not just those who are involved in the sexual sin.  As such, it can cause them to react severely.  “For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare when he takes revenge.” It can be forgiven by God, but the impact and the hurt related to sexual sin does not stop quickly.  It can cause people to take revenge and attempt to get even or correct the act of sin.  This is an injury that is beyond any form of compensation. No gifts can satisfy the pain and suffering that results from the choice of sexual sin.  It wounds the body and soul, and dishonors the family, congregation, and community.  Pain flows everywhere.

Sexual immorality offers pleasure and excitement and often romance. It may or may not deliver those things, but even if it does it carries a price beyond any that can be paid.  “He will accept no compensation; he will refuse though you multiply gifts.” Once sexual sin occurs, there is often no way to restore relationships and compensate the hurt.  Even when effort is made to seek forgiveness and repentance follows, the pain of sexual sin is often more than many can endure, and they are unable to forgive.  Unfortunately, the lack of forgiveness makes those hurt captive of their own bitterness and pain.  It is far better to walk in God’s ways and avoid any type of sexual immorality as it carries a terrible and long lasting penalty.

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