The Shame of Sin

Adultery is a very ugly word. That is why there is a euphemism. It sounds less terrible, even a little prettier. It’s called having an affair. But it is the same thing and in the Scripture, there are warnings against it.

“For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life, keeping you from your neighbor’s wife, from the smooth talk of a wayward woman. Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes. For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread, but another man’s wife preys on your very life. Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished. People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving. Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house. But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself. Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away. For jealousy arouses a husband’s fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge. He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse a bribe, however great it is.”

Proverbs 6:23-35

This passage explains that being involved in adultery is compared to walking on hot coals.

Let’s see, would we want to do that?

It’s like pulling fire into our laps.

Again, does that seem like something we’d sign up to do?

It tells us here that adultery is a predator that preys on our very life.

Disgrace then accompanies this choice.

Everything about it is bad.

One would think that with such clear warnings, people would steer clear, but in reality, adultery is rampant. People believe they can proceed untouched. They can have what and who they want. But this is very clear, we will not go unpunished.

And that is true.

But there is also good news. If we acknowledge our sin, turn from it, and repent, God can take our mess and move us through it to forgiveness.

Today would be a good time to begin that process.

Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I ask You to forgive me and help me to make things right. I repent and turn from my wicked ways. Come into my life as my Savior and Lord.

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