The Joy of Fidelity (Prov.5:15-20)
Proverbs 6:32 NIV “But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.”
The father, after educating his son on the signs of an adulterous and the consequences of committing adultery, then instructs him on the blessings of fidelity(vs. 15-19). He teaches his son on the sacredness of sex; it is to be reserved for your spouse, and never to be shared with strangers.
“May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.” (v.18). The fountain of love in every marriage is expected to grow and multiply. Gary Chapman in his book the Five Love Languages alludes to five different emotional buckets that need to be filled up in varying degrees for different people in order to feel loved. These five buckets are words of affirmation, quality time, giving/receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. Click the link above to see a summary of these languages…better yet, buy the book!
The father then he probes the mind of his son. Here we see a father’s skill in not just giving instruction, but making his son think critically. He asks, “Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife? Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?” (v.20). As the Scripture reveals in Proverbs 6:23 that the problem of adultery is one of understanding, it makes sense that the son should think critically about the subject of the discourse. Unfortunately many people engaged in adultery are deluded by the act. Thinking critically on the dangers of adultery and the benefits of fidelity is helpful.
Any relationship can be restored if both parties are ready and willing. The joys of fidelity in marriage can be enjoyed as each spouse commits to filling the love tank of the other. Scripture reveals that complete satisfaction can be found within the bounds of marriage if it is done God’s way.
Scriptures to Meditate: 1 Cor.13:4-8, Heb.13:4, Eph.5:23-27,32, Joh.2:1-2, 1 Pet.3:1-7
*This is a lesson to teach your kids early in life. The breakdown of the family is a major contributor to the decadence in society. Also the statistics are alarming
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