Portraits From Proverbs (14)

Introduction

Yesterday, we looked the many severe warnings Solomon gave his son about the dangers of involvement with a strange woman. That alone should be enough to make you steer clear of her. Today, will look a little deeper at how to avoid falling into sexual temptation.

Bible Reading

Pro 5:1-2 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: (2) That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

Pro 5:7-8 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. (8) Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:

Pro 5:15-19 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. (16) Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. (17) Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee. (18) Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. (19) Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.

Pro 6:23-25 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: (24) To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. (25) Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.

Pro 7:4-5 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: (5) That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.

Pro 23:26-28 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. (27) For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. (28) She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.

Pro 23:31-33 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. (32) At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. (33) Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.

Victory Over Sexual Temptation

Heed the Warnings

One element of victory over sexual temptation is to heed the Bible’s many warnings against it. You need to know that God isn’t trying to hurt you, or spoil you fun. He’s trying to save your life.

Solomon told his son to stay far away from the strange woman – not to come near her door. Later, Paul would give Timothy a similar warning:

2Ti 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Marriage as the Cure for Fornication

In Proverbs 5:15 and following, Solomon tells his son that a satisfying relationship with his wife is an important key to sexual purity. He is to “be ravished always with her love.” An intoxicating relationship with you mate is possible, but you have to work at it. A right relationship at home is a great defense against sexual sin:

1Co 7:2-5 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. (3) Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. (4) The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. (5) Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

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