Reading: Proverbs 5
Focus Verse: Proverbs 5:8
Keep your way far from her/him. And do not go near the door of her/his house.
The entire chapter of Proverbs 5 contains instructions on not committing adultery or being with an adulterer. God says that adultery will make people lose money and even kill them. Where does adultery start? In Matthew 5:27, Jesus says, “you have heard that it was said ‘you shall not commit adultery’ but I say to you that everyone who looks on another with lust has committed adultery in their heart”. Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all else guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” There is also a saying: “Watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Watch your words, for they become your actions. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny”.
Now, let’s go to the movies. The last film I saw had Jared Leto taking off his shirt multiple times to show off his body. Jared Leto is a 50-year-old man in a 7-year relationship. Only in Hollywood, does a woman have to endure having multitudes of women ogling her boyfriend’s body. Tom Holland, Spiderman, also has similar scenes in his movies. He is a 26-year-old boy, someone’s son that certainly doesn’t need girls and women of all ages daydreaming about his six-pack. It is only in the world and not in God’s word that this type of perversion is permitted and encouraged. It is a perversion.
At one time I was boy crazy. That time has passed. I see men, boys, brothers, fathers, sons- not pieces of flesh to consume. This instruction goes both ways for men and women. God made the marriage bed sacred for a purpose. And those not in marriage, in 1 Corinthians 7:8, St.Paul says that it is better to be unmarried like he.
Reflection: How do I look at men/women of the opposite sex (outside of my marriage-if married)?
Prayer: Guard my heart, Lord, God, and keep my thoughts clean and pure as you would have them. ~Amen