[The adulteress’] feet go down to death,
Her steps take hold of Sheol.
She does not ponder the path of life;
Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.
Now then, my sons, listen to me
And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
Keep your way far from her
And do not go near the door of her house,
Or you will give your vigor to others
And your years to the cruel one; –Proverbs 5:5-9
I’ve had a thought lately (dangerous, I know). If you want to be pure, it makes sense people once chose to cut themselves off from society. That was centuries ago (although some Christians still want to do it to a degree), and the visual demands on our attention have only become increasingly sexual and provocative.
You can hardly watch a cereal commercial anymore without some sort of innuendo involved.
So to repeat my thesis question, is purity possible?
Most people know the truth of these verses in Proverbs. It may have nothing to do with a physical person. It could be pornography or something similar. Either way, they produce the opposite of life and stability and you waste your time, offering it to a cruel master.
But if you don’t go live in a cave as hermit, what chance do you have to remain pure?
The Amplified version of verse 8 says this,
Let your way in life be far from her, and come not near the door of her house [avoid the very scenes of temptation]…
Reminds me of Jesus’ statement about looking in lust on a woman, that this is what equals adultery. This agrees with what Solomon is saying here also.
Your eyes look at the world and those in it, but only your heart can lust.
If you “let your way in life be far from her,” that involves your heart. He’s not talking about physical distance and space. He’s talking about the core of his son’s life being so removed from the pull of such things.
This world, however, confronts us constantly with sensuality and temptation. Your heart is not safe here, which is why it must be safely located as far away as possible.
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. –Colossians 3:1-2
God gives us an out, a way to stay away from the temptress’ door. He says, “come sit with my Son while I make this enemy a footstool.”
That’s not to say it’s easy or automatic. It’s learned behavior and the gift of grace. I’m not going to pretend like I don’t have battles with lust because I do, but I also know that the more I grow in love and relationship with Him and the more I set my mind on thing above–the more He releases His victory and purity through me.
What do you think? Do you see purity as possible in this life? Why or why not?
Another in a series of posts where I go through Proverbs a verse (or more) at a time and share what the Holy Spirit impresses on me (click here for more verse by verse posts).