7 Reasons Adultery Is Just Plain Dumb

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A good article from Churchleaders.com

It might be easy to pass these off as aberrations, had we not seen numerous business, church and other leaders go through similar “flameouts” the past three decades.

Someone described idiocy as repeatedly doing the same thing but expecting different results. So all leaders who consider themselves immune to temptation should pay attention to what has happened to others—and Scripture.

A word to the wise.

A good portion of the first section of Proverbs counsels young men to avoid adultery and remain faithful to their wives.

It’s not surprising that King Solomon begins his book of wisdom with this subject because some of the smartest, richest, most influential people in the world have been ruined by illicit affairs. When their adultery is ultimately disclosed, the first reaction is not usually, “I have sinned,” but, “How could I have been so stupid?”

Solomon suggests several reasons why it’s wise for a young man to avoid sexual impurity. His wise counsel, sadly gained from first-hand experience, applies to both men and women.

Adultery’s dangers:

  1. Eventually, the adulteress will turn against you. (Proverbs 5:3-5) 3 For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, 4 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death
  2. You waste a lot of energy and money. (verses 8-10)  Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house, 9 lest you give your honor to others and your years to the merciless, 10 lest strangers take their fill of your strength, and your labors go to the house of a foreigner
  3. You risk disease. (v. 11) 11 and at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed,
  4. You forfeit your influence with others.  (v. 14) I am at the brink of utter ruin in the assembled congregation.
  5. You miss out on the lasting fulfillment of a committed marriage. (vs. 15-19) 15 Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. 16 Should your springs be scattered abroad,
    streams of water in the streets? 17 Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you. 18 Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, 19     a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love.
  6. You have to face God someday. (v. 21) 21 For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord,
    and he ponders all his paths.
  7. Pursuing affairs leaves you vulnerable to sexual addiction and lifelong guilt. (vs. 22-23) 22 The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. 23 He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray.

You can read this article in its entirety here – Churchleaders.com

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