Monday, July 5, 2010

Verse of the Day - Bitter As Wormwood

"For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword." - Proverbs 5:3,4

Proverbs 5 is a very graphic and a very necessary part of scripture. This passage should cause sobriety in the reader at the dreadful consequences of giving way to the seductress. The immoral woman often will often use "smooth speech" to seduce her victim (See Proverbs 7:14-20). The use of flattering speech along with her risque attire are two powerful forces that can only be conquered by a man who is actively seeking to guard his heart, and is doing so in a proactive way, rather than a reactive way. To overcome such temptations, a man is who seeking to please God must "Flee youthful lusts" (2 Timothy 2:22). He must "remove [his] way far from her, and...not go near the door of her house" (Proverbs 5:8). The pull of sexual temptation is so strong, that to stay in the location where you are being tempted and try to combat the temptation is very dangerous; if possible, it is best to flee such situations.

Along with actively guarding one's mind and heart, a man must be actively seeking to become "the husband of one wife" (1 Timothy 3:2). Literally in the original Greek text, this is the idea of being "a one-woman man." I as an unmarried young man must realize that, more likely than not, I will one day be married, and I am to do my wife good and not evil all the days of my life. I must be seeking to guard my heart for her, and not piece-mealing it out to just any attractive young lady that walks by (Matthew 5:27-28). Even among godly young ladies, I must actively be seeking to treat them "as sisters, with all purity" (1 Timothy 5:2). 

May God strengthen us all and deliver us out of the snares of the immoral woman.

[Recommended reading: J.C. Ryle, Thoughts for Young Men; available on,,, and other places.]

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