Cloud: “For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death her steps lead straight to the grave” (Prov. 5: 3-5 New International Version).
Silver Lining: “May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth” (Prov. 5:18).
As hard as it may be to hear, God’s word is true. Men who get involved with adulterous women will be deceived, and ultimately destroyed. On the surface she seems attractive, but underneath lies dirt and grime and danger. God even warns young men what to look for, and promises that the adulterer will take down with her, those who give in to temptation.
But rejoice! God offers a blessing to those who delight in one wife! He wants each of His children to enjoy love that is pure. His plans for marriage are pure and holy! He is happy for us when we stay together with our spouse, through good times and bad. God believes in love and marriage; He takes marriage vows seriously, and He blesses the holy union between a man and a woman. Children are God’s greatest gift and reward from marriage. Marriages without children are also a blessed divine union. For the Bible says, “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate” (Mark 10:9).
Though God talks to young men in Proverbs, His word applies to young women too. Young women, who get involved with married men, will find dreams dashed and hopes smashed. Do not be fooled into thinking someone is your “soulmate” if that person, or you, are already married to someone else. To believe this is to believe a lie; a lie meant to break hearts and destroy the families God has beautifully created. Anyone in an adulterous situation thinks he or she is the exception, but there are no exceptions under God’s Law. If God promises lives will be ruined because of adultery… they will.
Young or old, male or female… Do not get involved with someone if you are married. Do not get involved with someone if that someone is married. Do not give yourself away to anyone outside of marriage. “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral” (Hebrews 13:4).
God’s way is the best way. His way offers protection, joy, and rewards. His commands are there because He loves us! If you have committed the sin of adultery, repent; and be forgiven in Christ! Find a trusted Christian advisor who can help you back onto the righteous path Jesus wants to walk with you. “Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165
” ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matt. 5:27-28). Pursue Jesus before and during marriage!