Avoid Adultery (Proverbs #23)

Make wisdom your companion (vss 20-24)

  • Keep, tie, bind, forsake not (vss 20-21)
  • Lead, keep, talk with thee (vs 22)
    • Leadership in decisions.
    • Comfort in sleep.
    • Companionship to begin your day.
  • Word of God is illumination: lamp and light (vs 23)
  • reproofs of instruction are the way of life
    • You’d never go visit your doctor just so he’d tell you how great you are doing.  Wake up and say, Man I feel great, I think I’ll see the doctor so he can let me know how wonderful I am.
    • The way of life is full of reproofs of instruction – your arteries are blocked, you need to stop eating high cholesterol foods. You’re diabetic, you’ve got to stay away from sugar.  Reproofs are the way of life.
  • A little said about the right companion, but much warned about an adulterous companion. Probably because there is more evil to account for than there is good. Reproofs of instruction are the way of life.
  • Wisdom is going to prevent you from being flattered by seduction.

Lusts and appetites lead away from life (vss 25-26)

  • Control your emotions first and foremost.
  • Lust in heart identifies where the sin begins. It becomes a meditation of your heart.
  • Lack of emotional control can cause you to lose everything.
  • Ephesians 2:1-3

Play with fire and you’ll get burned (vss 27-29)

  • Specifically in sexual immorality called adultery, when you play with fire, you get burned.
  • You know how an overly friendly conversation turns to jesting turns to emotional boundaries broken down that are reserved for your spouse, turns to touch and intimacy.
  • You do what you need to do to keep from triggering that lust
    • Joseph runs away from Potipher’s wife
    • Job said he made a covenant with his eyes
  • 2 Corinthians 6:9-11, Flee fornication, 1 Thessalonians 4:3 this is the will of God that ye abstain from fornication. There is not a more direct statement of the will of God.

Adultery is irreconcilable (vss 30-35)

  • Some sins can be restored with the person whose been wronged.
  • A thief may be able to make good on what he’s stolen, but a man who commits adultery with someone else’s wife will never be able to make it right with the husband.