"Wisdom Cries Out"

"Wisdom Cries Out"

Infidelity is Always Destructive

“He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.” (Proverbs 6.32)

As repugnant as infidelity is, our culture has found a way to justify it. After all, “You deserve to be with someone who loves you.” Sexual fulfillment is often framed in the context being a “basic need” and is excused as an undeniable desire that MUST be addressed.

If this thought has entered your mind, please hit the pause button. Certainly, we are designed with natural cravings and desires, but we are not slaves to them (see Galatians 5.16-26). We must begin here if we are to combat this hedonistic cultural narrative. 

Infidelity is always destructive. It will damage your reputation, divide relationships and ultimately destroy your life (Proverbs 5.23; 6.32-35; 7.23). 

Consider the maxims offered as comparison to infidelity. If you play with fire you are going to get burned (Proverbs 6.27). You can’t walk on hot coals and expect your feet to be OK (Proverbs 6.28). In the same way, you cannot pretend there are no consequences to entertaining selfish sexual pleasures. From a purely practical perspective, adultery promotes discord as friends and family have to pick sides. There is no long-term upside to infidelity. 

God designed us to be fulfilled in the sacred commitment of marriage, not in some deviant fantasy. Don’t be fooled by the pleasure of the moment – it’s not worth it. Only God’s pattern will satisfy your cravings (Proverbs 5.15-19; Matthew 19.4-6). 

My friends, guard your heart and your marriage with ferocity. 

“Why should you be intoxicated with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress? For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the LORD…” (Proverbs 5.20-21a)