#DailyDevotion Wednesday May 31, 2017
Highway to the Grave (Proverbs 7:27)
As a highway leads from one city to another, so is adultery (sexual sins) that leads one to the grave. Adultery and all other sexual sins have a wage—the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). For one to engage self in adultery and other sexual sins puts him or her on the highway to the grave. The scriptures have consistently condemned all forms of sexual perversion. The early chapters of the book of Proverbs categorically speaks against adultery and warns that it is but a highway to the grave. It compares a man or woman being involved in adultery to an ox going to a slaughter house, a deer stepping into a noose and a bird darting into a snare.
Solomon—the teacher warns his sons; “Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say. Do not let your heart turn to her [adulterous woman] ways or stray her paths. Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is a highway to the grave, leading to the chambers of death” (Proverbs 7:24-27).
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One of the ten commandments decrees; “you shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). Knowing the gravity of this sexual sin, Jesus says; “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28). Meanwhile on his part, Saint Paul points out that a believer should keep away from sexual immorality since the body of a believer is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:12-20). He writes that believers must; “Flee from sexual immorality.”
Are you not yet married? Discipline your body, honour the temple of the Holy Spirit, keep away from sexual immorality. Are you married? “Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well… May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth” (Proverbs 5:15, 18). It is for this reason (avoidance of sexual immorality) that the scripture exhorts that every man should have his own wife and every woman should have her own husband (1 Corinthians 7:1-2).
Do not be a victim of sexual immorality lest you find yourself in the highway to the grave. Remember that “your ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all your paths” (Proverbs 5:21). Sexual immorality is a heavy laden, Christ gives an invitation to all who are heavy laden to come to him and they will find rest (Matthew 11:28-29). Should you find yourself wanting in this matter, in repentance, ask Christ to forgive you, and he will deliver you from the highway to the grave. Rev. J
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV). Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. He is an author of the Popular Triumphing Over Odds . For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site and his ministry by donating here.