Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
August 25 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 5
Food for Thought: Prov. 5:3-20
Well, the Lord has strongly warned mankind of the detriments of sexual immorality in various places in His Word. There are very severe consequences when people veer off the perfect plan that He has designed for us and cater to the demanding flesh. It’s not being a “fuddy-duddy” or a “Bible-thumper” or a “holier-than-thou” to call it sin and urge people not to fall into its trap. And it’s not being judgmental. Rather, it is love that compels us to advise people that immoral behavior is hurtful, damaging, and entirely unnecessary when the Lord has shown us a better way.
Lest some need reminded of the harm of illicit sex, let’s list some of them, beginning with the damage done in relationships. How many marriages have been destroyed because of people’s selfish behavior? How many children have had their lives turned upside-down (who often end up doing the same thing as adults)? What about the harm to one’s psyche when the person is used as an object by another (or is the one who uses another) instead of entering into a wholesome, mutually loving relationship? A damaged psyche affects even future “healthy” relationships.
The Lord did not create our bodies to handle exposure to multiple partners. Those who do so run very high risks for all kinds of sexually transmitted diseases (many incurable), cancer, and birth defects in the babies who are products of such encounters. Then one must also take into consideration the unwanted pregnancies and the life-altering impact that they have on the people involved, regardless of the decision made concerning what to do about it. Those consequences are too numerable to mention.
There is a reason why the Lord tells to avoid fornication, adultery, and any kind of sexual immorality (Eph. 5:3; I Cor. 6:18-20; Prov. 6:32-33; Prov. 7). It hurts. Maybe not at the time, but eventually it causes great harm. God has a better way. If only people would put aside their own fleshly desires and decide by faith to live the way God designed which brings about only good with none of the harmful ill-effects.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):