Proverbs 5:15-18; 6:23-35 — If you don’t safeguard your moral purity, who will?
First, some scattered thoughts I noted earlier in the week:
- Do not drink in sights and experiences which are not yours — not “out there,” not in your house, not on your digital device, not in your head (Proverbs 5:15).
- Don’t take your sexuality into the public domain. Don’t make a public display of your sexual vigor, drive, or need (Proverbs 5:16).
- A stranger here is not just someone you don’t know (Proverbs 5:17). It’s anyone you don’t have a right to know sexually.
- Satan and the world tell us something entirely contrary to this verse (Proverbs 6:23). They picture divine and godly reproof and restraint as repression and oppression. They paint commandments, laws, and correction as negative and counter-productive.
- God’s instructions and rules guard us from moral evil and immoral people (Proverbs 6:24). His commandments and teachings guard us from the seductive enticements of that evil and those people.
- We must choose not to indulge and nourish the desire for the undeniable beauty and attractiveness of that which does not belong to us — be it a person or a philosophy (Proverbs 6:25).