Proverbs 6:30 – 33 (NIV)
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.
Proverbs 6:30-33 (KJV)
Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
I want to jump straight to the second half of these verses from Proverbs.
Adultery, adultery, adultery… Even though this isn’t the context of the verses, lets go a little bit broader cause it still works, any kind of sexual relations that are outside of God’s marriage bed.
In some way we all are hungry for some kind of sexual desire, big or small. It’s part of the way God created us, but how we deal with our desires can make or break our lives.
When a thief steals food to satisfy his hungry, it is understandable. We need food to survive, if he is caught he should definitely have to pay it back and more. But our sexual desires are not the same. It doesn’t matter if we get caught or not, we will be punished for our actions. We may not have to pay a fine, or jail time or anything like that, but what we do face is a prisonment of our own desire. It’s not a one time deal, once you start you keep wanting more and more, there is no end to your desire. With food you are satisfied as soon as you fead. Your stomach will tell you you’re full, and that’s the end of it. Our sexual desire is not the same, we keep craving more and more, there is no limit to our end.
It will cost you all that you have, it is your destruction. It may even get to a point where you do it not because you want to, but because your body demands it of you. It will get to control you, it’s chains will bear you down. It will be a stumbling block with your relationship with God, each day wedging you further and further from Him.
Tame your desires before they destroy you. Don’t be come a prisoner to your own desire. God made you not to be a slave to sin, but a slave to grace.