Just DON’T, OK?
I don’t want to say “I told you.” Not ever.
Sin never reveals its final cost. If it did, the Christian would know and it would be no contest.
Oswald Chambers – My Utmost for His Highest
(September or October, I think)
Solomon, writing to his sons ( vv 1,7) –and every male thereafter who would take the time to read– says:
You want discretion and knowledge? Listen to my wisdom and insight.
You don’t have to experience something to know the truth about it.
In verse 1 it’s “Dad’s” lips speaking,
in verse 2 the wise son’s lips preserve knowledge,
in verse 3 lips that begin smooth and sweet end bitter and sharp.
There’s nothing in chapter 5 that indicates Solomon is talking about a prostitute.
He mentions her in chapter 6, and the scenario he paints in chapter 7 certainly has that tone, but there’s nothing here to indicate that the woman in Chapter 5 is “one of those”.
This applies simply to falling for someone you shouldn’t. Period.
It’s a huge contrast between the costs of adultery and the rewards of faithfulness. Why embrace someone else’s wife? (v 20)
|9||You’ll give your best to others|
|10||Strangers will feast on your wealthYour work will enrich someone else’s house (the courts today make sure of it)|
|11||You’ll groan at the end of it|
|12-13||You’ll kick yourself for hating discipline and correction, for not listening and obeying|
|14||I’ve come to ruin right here where everybody can see.|
|15-17||DRINK FREELY from your own supply (your own wife)|
|18||REJOICE in the wife of your youth|
|SATISFIED with her – CAPTIVATED by her|
|23||Ensnared – held by sin – death|
Ok, for the sake of argument, let’s suppose you do. Let’s compare this short-term pleasure with Exodus 20:
You shall have no other gods before Me.
– She’s more important than what I’m telling you? Guilty.
No Idols. I am the LORD your God.
– You worshipped her, didn’t you? Ever say “I adore you?” Look longingly at her? Guilty.
You shall not mis-use the name of the Lord your God.
– Don’t tell me you didn’t say My name in the heat of passion. I heard you. You mis-represented me, and I am a jealous God. Guilty.
Keep the Sabbath day holy.
– (Okay, you might have — the day — but what about you?!)
Honor your father and mother.
– By disobeying? Not a chance. Guilty.
You shall not murder.
– Maybe not you – not yet- but King David did, TV and the courts are full of these stories. If you haven’t, you’re capable of it. Don’t be so smug.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
– Is she your wife? If not someone’s wife already, someone’s future wife. Guilty.
You shall not give false testimony…
– If you haven’t already, you will when you’re discovered – and you will be (Numbers 32.23). Lies pile on top of lies when the pre-repentance pressure is on. Guilty.
You shall not covet…
– Let me guess; this is where it started! Guilty.
You’re eight for ten here, Pal. Maybe worse.
Just DON’T. OK?
I don’t want to say “I told you so.” Not ever.
—For more on how temptation works, study James 1:14-15 carefully—
PS. If you’re already out there, come back.
If you and God are strangers, maybe enemies, I’d like to introduce you. He’s eager to make a new start for you; hang His sign “Under NEW Management” in your front window and make all things new – on His terms.
If you’re a child of His but living life your way let me remind you it’s short-term-pleasure, long-term-debt. The Lord’s love has not faded or evaporated – not even a little. He is willing and ready to bring you in, cleanse, forgive, and begin remaking and restoring you. The peace of knowing you’re right with God again is more-than-worth the consequences ahead. He’ll walk with you through the valley of what seems like death at times and out into the sunshine on the other side. He will not leave you – He will not forsake you. Turn your face in His direction and cry out to Him; He’s already listening for you. He’s already looking to see your silhouette on the horizon. (See Luke 15.15-31) Come home.
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