Nothing but sin and bones ...

The lips of a seductive woman are oh so sweet, her soft words are oh so smooth. ... She hasn't a clue about Real Life, about who she is or where she's going. ... You don't want to squander your wonderful life, to waste your precious life among the hardhearted. Why should you allow strangers to take advantage of you? Why be exploited by those who care nothing for you? You don't want to end your life full of regrets, nothing but sin and bones, Saying, "Oh, why didn't I do what they told me? Why did I reject a disciplined life? Why didn't I listen to my mentors, or take my teachers seriously? -Proverbs 5:3,6,9-13 MSG

Solomon seems to be a bit reflective as he speaks to his son about the dangers of sexual promiscuity. In first Kings it says "King Solomon was obsessed with women" and indicates that he had 700 hundred wives and 300 hundred concubines. I wonder how many times he gave into sexual temptation with hardhearted strangers? He describes it as undisciplined and a squandering of real life. It is no wonder why he spends so much time warning his son against it.

Regret is a powerful word. Sometimes people cannot get past their past and find themselves left with "nothing but sin and bones". Even King David had regrets after he sinned sexually. He bemoaned how his sin haunted him and was ever before him. Yet David found forgiveness as he cried out to God. In Psalm 51 he repents of his sin and asks God for a clean heart and a joyful salvation. Like David our past does not need to own us. Forgiveness is a prayer away.

Thank you dear Lord Jesus for forgiveness. Help us find a way to get past our past. Restore to us the joy of salvation.

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