The Consequences of Adultery (Prov.5:7-14)
Proverbs 6:32 NIV “But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.
Continuing on our study of Proverbs 5. After teaching on the signs of an adulterous, the father continues his discourse on the consequences of adultery. He sternly warns that the son should keep away from the adulterous. Given the statistics of adultery/infidelity and the damage it causes, it is a warning we should all heed. The first consequence we see of adultery is the loss of honor (v9). Many husbands or wives who commit adultery feel temporary gratification from the extramarital affection received, but in the long run they will loose respect. Also they loose the honor that they had in the eyes of their spouses and their children.
Along with the loss of honor and dignity, is the liability of the affair; “lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another.” (v10). Resources that are to be spent building one’s family and legacy are squandered on purposeless and fruitless living. The next verse also warns on the dangers of wasting diseases, “In the end you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body.” (Prov.5:11 NLT). Scientist reveal that daily we are exposed to millions of disease organisms which for whatever reason (I say godliness) do not make us sick, but in the violation of the marriage covenant, no matter how protected one may feel, the door is opened for destruction from the devil.
One of the biggest deception of adultery is that because you’re not caught there is no consequence for your actions. The unfortunate truth is that adultery is primarily spiritual before it is is emotional or psychological. The damage it causes spiritually far outweighs all else. The act of committing adultery destroys the person spiritually before any emotional or physical damage (Prov.6:23). The father warns the son of the end result of adultery, which is a lament from rejecting counsel, instruction and correction (v12-14). Adultery is like an ivy that grows around the heart and soul of a person and slowly drains the life therein. People begin to make irrational and destructive decisions without knowing it, but once the life is gone, and the ivy falls off, all that’s left is an empty soul full of regrets.