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And, in case one wonders, I seriously doubt that Solomon wrote this.
The man with 1,000 girlfriends is in no position to offer such advice as we find in Proverbs 4! ) Such a woman seems to be amoral, without a sense of wrongness about anything she does.
The devil, however, has no intention of ever revealing a list of side effects.
Listen to him and you would think to disobey God is the way to fulfillment and happiness.
The sinning minister fools himself into believing all kinds of lies, most of them originating with the one Jesus called “the father of lies” (John ). Her husband has disappointed her in a hundred ways.
He convinces himself that “I deserve this, no one will ever know, I can have all the wonderful things in my life and this forbidden fruit also,” and then, there is the clincher–“This feels so good, it can’t be wrong.” Too late does he find out the truth of the old adage, that sin will take you farther than you wanted to go, keep you longer than you wanted to stay, and cost far more than you ever intended to pay. Sitting in church week after week, it occurs to her that you are everything she has ever wanted in a husband.
Taylor cautioned us about the temptations we would be facing. (Fifteen years after she sat in my office making herself available to the young preacher, while preaching in another state, I spotted that woman and her husband–the same husband whose antics had given her cause to seek my counsel originally–in the congregation.Avoiding “the appearance of evil” is always a good principle (I Thessalonians ). This one has a particular allurement to the minister whose relationship with his wife has grown stale.This really is the woman the Proverb-writer describes.There is the story of David and Bathsheba (II Samuel chapter 11), which came after David’s struggle to become king had succeeded and life had gotten easy for him.