Don’t play with fire!
Proverbs 6: "Can you build a fire in your lap and not burn your pants?"
King Solomon is credited with writing Proverbs. I guess a man married to as many women as he was either knows a lot about women or nothing at all about them! But it does seem to me that he knew a lot about the harm from extramarital affairs. In some ways his comments on this topic may be considered out of date. His picturing the man as some foolish, gullible fellow being seduced by some worldly woman just covers part of the situation today. For it's just as common today for the shoe to be on the other foot and it’s the female who is fed a line. In fact, I have the idea that often it’s both who are victims of an entertainment media and popular culture that treats sexual intimacy as something far less than was intended by God when he gave it to us as a wonderful gift. However, whatever took place that led up to the infidelity, the consequences never change. The loose lifestyle causes terrible emotional pain. Couples think they’re entering into “no fault” relationships, and when one is ready to call it quits they’ll both just move on. It never works that way. My favorite minister to teens, Joe White, wrote the illustration of tape being placed on your arm. This representing a close, intimate relationship; and then it's separated. It happens again and again until the tape is no longer able to stick. It is so sad, for both involved in any premarital or extramarital affairs are cheapened by the experience. They’ll never know the depth of what might have been.
Our society has been sold a bill of goods that’s supposed to be freeing and fulfilling. Instead, to use Solomon’s description, many are being burned and will spend a lifetime dealing with the scars of their so called freedom.
Guard yourself today against a sexually promiscuous culture. May God bless and remember that you are loved!!!
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!