Our scripture passage for today is a father’s warning to his son to avoid sexual immorality.
In the most severe of terms the son is warned to avoid adultery and to stay faithful to the wife of his youth.
To stray is to face disease, violence, and the loss of wealth, reputation, and property.
Most importantly to stray into fornication will ensnare a person, incurring the wrath of God.
Some teach young people that sexual desire is inherently bad and sinful.
At South Main, though, we teach our students that sexual desire is created by the Lord and is good.
In fact, sex is so good and precious that it must be protected and used in accordance with God’s will.
All sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful, but within marriage sex is pure and delightful.
Lust has been defined as, “The attempt to fulfill a God-given desire in a God-forbidden way.”
But, you are not defined by your sexuality, it is only one of hundreds of things that makes you unique and special.
So, emphasize your identity in Christ alone!
Lay sex, along with everything else in your life, at the foot of Jesus’ cross!
(Access our explanation of the Biblical Definition of Marriage on our website at the link below)
1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom,
turn your ear to my words of insight,
2 that you may maintain discretion
and your lips may preserve knowledge.
3 For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey,
and her speech is smoother than oil;
4 but in the end she is bitter as gall,
sharp as a double-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death;
her steps lead straight to the grave.
6 She gives no thought to the way of life;
her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.
7 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
do not turn aside from what I say.
8 Keep to a path far from her,
do not go near the door of her house,
9 lest you lose your honor to others
and your dignity to one who is cruel,
10 lest strangers feast on your wealth
and your toil enrich the house of another.
11 At the end of your life you will groan,
when your flesh and body are spent.
12 You will say, “How I hated discipline!
How my heart spurned correction!
13 I would not obey my teachers
or turn my ear to my instructors.
14 And I was soon in serious trouble
in the assembly of God’s people.”
15 Drink water from your own cistern,
running water from your own well.
16 Should your springs overflow in the streets,
your streams of water in the public squares?
17 Let them be yours alone,
never to be shared with strangers.
18 May your fountain be blessed,
and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 A loving doe, a graceful deer—
may her breasts satisfy you always,
may you ever be intoxicated with her love.
20 Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife?
Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?
21 For your ways are in full view of the Lord,
and he examines all your paths.
22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them;
the cords of their sins hold them fast.
23 For lack of discipline they will die,
led astray by their own great folly.