“For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: but her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house” (Proverbs 5:3-4, 8).
Pastor Kenward was speaking in confidentiality with another pastor about the heartbreaking news that one of the leading ministry men in the area had fallen into sin. Both pastors were very concerned about the fallen brother, his family, the other woman involved, the family of the other woman involved, and the fallen brother’s ministry. “I will never forget the sight,” he told Pastor Kenward. “I drove through the night to get to his home. Early the next morning I arrived, and he was sitting on the floor weeping, saying, ‘I threw everything away. It sounded so beautiful, so exciting. Now I am most miserable. I’ve thrown everything away.’ I want to tell you that as I drove home, it made me even more determined to heed the warning of Proverbs chapter five.” How about you? You don’t have to be a pastor to heed the warning of Solomon. Forbidden situations that appear beautiful will always turn out to be bitter, very bitter.
For today: Be on guard. Temptations lurk, but victory is possible through the Lord Jesus.