No Excuses

Can you build a fire in your lap and not burn your pants?
Can you walk barefoot on hot coals and not get blisters?
It's the same when you have sex with your neighbor's wife:
Touch her and you'll pay for it. No excuses.
-Proverbs 6:27-29 MSG-

"No excuses." A hard word to hear for folks who are prone to rationalization and mental gymnastics. The truth is often a difficult thing to receive. In these few verses Solomon gives a very direct word to those who are prone to temptation. The problem is that many times adulterers are not caught and seemingly get off scott-free.. unless the negative effect on the soul is considered.. unless the alienation that the adulterer experiences with their spouse is factored in.

Writing to the Ephesians, Paul speaks of shameful deeds done in darkness. In a sense all sins begins with inner darkness. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus speaks to how murder begins with hate and adultery is conceived with lust. In truth those fiery coals begin to scorch our inner beings long before they are visible to the outer eye. When we play around with hate, bitterness, unforgiveness, lust and other inner sicknesses we give way the sins that destroy us.

Lead us Lord. Not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

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