The Bible’s book of Proverbs is filled with practical wisdom. In chapter 5 it exhorts a man to keep his eyes upon his own wife, and not to look elsewhere. This is practical wisdom, and it is the way of true love. The problem is, that many do not take this seriously enough and ruin arrives:
Proverbs 5:13 I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors. 14 Now I am at the point of utter ruin in the public assembly.”
Proverbs 5:15 Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. 16 Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets? 17 Let them be for yourself alone, and not for sharing with strangers. 18 Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, 19 a lovely deer, a graceful doe. May her breasts satisfy you at all times; may you be intoxicated always by her love. 20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, by another woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
Ultimately there are really no good, wise reasons for allowing temptation to interfere in ones given romantic life. But the deceit of sin is very powerful. Even so, the Lord deals with humanity, strongly in such matters.
Proverbs: 5:21 For human ways are under the eyes of the LORD, and he examines all their paths. 22 The iniquities of the wicked ensnare them, and they are caught in the toils of their sin. 23 They die for lack of discipline, and because of their great folly they are lost.
May we who belong to Jesus Christ live by His Word, wrestle to live in his will, draw upon the strength of the Holy Spirit, and follow the good ways of the Lord amidst a world that is seeking for love—in places other than God. Trevor