The writer of Proverbs repeatedly charges his son not to fall prey to the wiles of the adulterous woman, and gives many consequences if he does (Proverbs 2:16, 5:3, 7:5, 23:27). Destruction, death, loss of honour, and poverty are all examples of what can happen if he allows himself to be seduced by this woman whose mouth is like “a dangerous trap” (Proverbs 23:27, NLT).
The Bible teaches us that the person who enters into adultery always loses out.
God takes the marriage covenant very seriously. In fact, as our God is a covenant keeping God, this should not surprise us. It is not something to be entered into lightly, or to be considered flippantly.
In God’s eyes, adultery, for any reason, is evil.
For those of us that are not married, this offers sound advice regarding the marriage that we may enjoy later in life. However, it also has something to tell us about our relationship with God.
Our relationship with God is likened to a marriage covenant; this is seen in the book of Hosea and also in Ephesians 5.
God expects and deserves total commitment, fidelity and devotion from us. He loves us with an everlasting love and has demonstrated this by paying the greatest price to redeem us. Sadly, as fallible and sinful people, we can be guilty of unfaithfulness to God.
By succumbing to seduction.
From Proverbs we learn that seduction is almost always the precursor to adultery. The adulterous woman calls and entices her prey, with soft words and sweet perfume. Seduction, however, is not only of a sexual nature, seduction also means, “to lead away from duty, accepted principles, or proper conduct.”
We see the first instance of seduction in the Garden of Eden, when the serpent seduces Eve into choosing a path contrary to what God has shown her. The serpent made her believe that what he was offering was better than what God had already given. And just like Proverbs tells us, the result was death and destruction.
Have you allowed yourself to be seduced by the allure of wealth, status, security, ungodly relationships, or an undisciplined lifestyle? If you have, it is the same as committing adultery, against God; choosing empty promises over God’s unfailing love.
This is why James said, “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4).
Do not choose friendship with this world over faithfulness to God, do not be seduced by its empty promises.
Adultery is a sin – we must all be aware of this, not just those who are married!