Thursday, February 21, 2019

Attractive But Deadly

Everyone seems to enjoy a little attention and some flattery now and then. Although we may think that a little flattery is good for the ego, there is a real danger that it can lead to death. Solomon’s Proverbs contain that warning. And, we often see or hear his warnings come to life on TV, radio, and in print.
Wisdom, Solomon writes, will not only protect you from men who would lead you astray but “Wisdom will save you also from the adulteress woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive ways.”
Someone has said that two of the most difficult sins to resist are pride and sexual immorality because both are so attractive and seductive. Pride says, “I deserve it” while sexual desire says, “I need it.” When combined, their appeal leads to death, and only the strength that comes from God will enable one to overcome them.
The path from seduction to sin is easily overlooked and difficult to recognize. The “seductress” begins with what appears to be an invitation to friendship that soon becomes a relationship that destroys the innocent. Many times the conversation begins with idle talk that excites the imagination and then leads to acts that were unintended, but eventually becomes a way of life that leads “to the spirits of death.”
Can a “seductive woman” be identified easily? Is there a way to recognize her quickly and then avoid her completely? Yes! This “woman” is the enemy of morality and virtue and can be “detected” by her words and ways. Solomon carefully describes her for us.
Prayer: Lord, give us “wisdom” to recognize “clues” that can be easily overlooked and lead us in righteous paths. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 2:16 Wisdom will save you also from the adulteress woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive ways. 

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