Forbidden Woman

Though the lips of the forbidden woman drip honey and her words are smoother than oil, in the end she’s as bitter as wormwood and as sharp as a double-edged sword. Proverbs 5:3-4 HCSB

There are times when we all are tempted by something that appears to be appealing. To one it might be a cigarette, to another it might be drugs or alcohol. Others may be tempted by pornography or lust to be with a man or woman who is not their husband or wife. Some may experience the temptation to have sexual relations with someone before marriage. All of these attractions may seem enticing and exciting, but in the end they will always bring pain and suffering.

These words in Proverbs remind us to stay away from the appeals of the adulteress or seductive woman. Her words seem to be sweet and inviting but the “loose woman” will only bring bitterness like wormwood or a double-edged sword. Wormwood is the root of a shrub that was exceptionally bitter. The double-edged sword was used in battle so a warrior could swing both directions to attack his enemy. The words of the adulterous will only bring pain and death like a double-edged sword.

Challenge: Do not yield to the temptation of the adulterous woman or the other temptations you will face. Pray that God will help you stand strong so you might overcome the temptations that come your way.

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