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In Proverbs 6:24-35, there is a strong warning about the sin of adultery. Wisdom seems to be very concerned that we get the message about the danger of this sin!

In Proverbs, the woman is referred to as the adulteress who seduces the man. But we know that it works both ways.

For instance, when the Pharisees brought to Jesus the woman whom they had caught in the very act of adultery, she was alone (John 8:3-11). But a woman can't be caught in the act of adultery unless she is with someone else. That woman brought before Jesus was not the only guilty party!

In this particular passage about adultery, I want to focus on the following verse: "Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks heart and understanding (moral principle and prudence); he who does it is destroying his own life" (Prov. 6:32, AMP).

All sin has consequences. Sin always brings death - the death of your fellowship with God, the death of God's blessings in your life, maybe even physical death. But some sins are more dangerous than others, and adultery is one of the most dangerous. The consequences are more serious than almost any other sin.

It's clear from the Word that there is more to adultery than just a moment of sin. If you're ever tempted with adultery, I want you to remember what I'm telling you. It steals and destroys life. Adultery is a killer. Don't bring it into your family.

We can see an example of the deadly consequences of adultery in the life of King David (2 Sam. 11-12). After David committed adultery with Bathsheba, their infant son conceived from that union became sick. And even though David repented of his sin, certain consequences had already been set into motion.

You see, no one is ever pulled into adultery completely unaware. People who commit adultery know they are doing wrong when they do it. But when lust rises up, they decide to yield to it.

Sometimes people think, Well, I'll just do it this once. I can always repent and receive forgiveness later.

But with some sins, you set certain things into motion that stay in motion even after you receive forgiveness - things that can hurt your life, confuse your mind and cause hurt to the people around you. And you may have to deal with those consequences for years and years to come.

In David's case, he repented and God forgave him because His mercy is so great. In the years that followed, David continued to be a man after God's heart. God even honored David in many ways after that incident.

But through David's act of adultery and his part in the death of Bathsheba's husband, Uriah, something had been set in motion that could not be stopped. And when David's child became sick, he couldn't get him healed no matter how much he fasted and prayed. David did not die, but the death of Uriah and David's son was the direct result of David's adultery with Bathsheba.

Adultery truly is a killer. Of course, we know that adultery doesn't always bring physical death quickly. If that were true, this earth would be a lot less populated! But I think you can always expect very serious consequences.

Based on God's Word, I can assure you that it is a dangerous, deadly thing to do. So whatever you do, don't touch it!

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Author Biography

Gloria Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God's WORD to their lives.

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