“For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. But in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. For she cares nothing about the path to life. She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it.” (Proverbs 5:3-6 NLT)
While it would appear that Proverbs 5 deals solely with promiscuous women & adultery, I believe the ‘immoral woman’ in these verses can stand for other forms of temptation as well.
We all have our own demons to battle, that one thing that tempts us to abandon the path to righteousness and hop in the boat to Hell. Maybe it is sexual sin that is your stumbling block and you can be quite literal with these words:
“Do you know the saying, “Drink from your own rain barrel, draw water from your own spring-fed well”? It’s true. Otherwise, you may one day come home and find your barrel empty and your well polluted.” (Proverbs 5:16-17 The Message)
If your impulses have nothing to do with the opposite sex, you may skim right over chapter 5 thinking it has no bearing on your life.
But what if you look at what the word immoral means? Other words that are interchangeable with immoral could be: unethical, evil, vile, corrupt and dishonest. Any act that could be described using those words may be your ‘immoral woman.’
- Dishonest gain at work.
- Taking that which doesn’t belong to you.
- Getting sloppy drunk at the bar.
- Plotting revenge towards those who “deserve it.”
This is by no means a comprehensive list. I may not know your area of contention, that which causes your spirit to be at war with your flesh, but you do. So what are you going to do about it?
Do you want to be like the “evil man held captive by his own sins who will die from his lack of self-control” or are you going to nail that sin to the cross and rely fully on Jesus to help you overcome it daily?
The choice is yours. Temptation is an ugly mistress who’s only desire is to see you lay in ruin….are you going to invite her in to your home or barricade the door? If she’s already taken up residence, it’s never too late to sign the eviction notice and REPENT!