THURSDAY, JULY 11
“I have peace offerings with me; Today I have paid my vows.”
“Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with love.”
Proverbs 7:14, 18 ESV
AVOIDING MORAL FAILURE: AVOID COUNTERFEIT LOVE
Once a man wrote: “Dear Abby, I am in love and I am having an affair with two different women other than my wife. I love my wife but I love these other women too. Please tell me what to do, but don’t give me any of that morality stuff.” Signed: Too much love for only one. She replied: “Dear Too much love for only one. The only difference between humans and animals is morality. Please write to a veterinarian.”
While sex and love are both beautiful things created by God, a sexual relationship with another person’s spouse or someone other than your spouse is not love and it’s not beautiful.The adulterous woman in Proverbs 7:14 basically tells the simple man that she’s been to church, worshiped and given her offering. It’s almost as if she wants him to think she’s a good woman and an affair would be okay. It sounds similar to the “God wants me to be happy” argument being used to justify an affair. She goes on in Proverbs 7:18 to describe the affair as being filled with love and delighting in love until morning.
Our desire to love and be loved is a God given desire and it’s a great desire. And because Satan knows that he will often try to counterfeit genuine love to lead us away from God and from God’s best. Our church is filled with good people who unfortunately made bad choices because they wanted to feel loved. For that reason we have to be extra careful with our hearts. Proverbs 4:23 teaches, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”
Matthew Henry warns us: “We ought daily to pray that we may be kept from running into temptation, else we invite the enemies of our souls to spread snares for us. Ever avoid the neighborhood of vice. Beware of sins which are said to be pleasant sins. They are the more dangerous, because they most easily gain the heart, and close it against repentance. Do nothing till thou hast well considered the end of it. Were a man to live as long as Methuselah, and to spend all his days in the highest delights sin can offer, one hour of the anguish and tribulation that must follow, would far outweigh them.”
Use Matthew Henry’s words as an outline for your prayer time with God today.