Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, April 10, 2002
Dear Colleagues,


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Recently I attended a gathering where I unexpectedly ran into an old college flame. As we chatted, I sensed the resurgence of old emotions from decades past.

Yesterday a flirtatious babe in a racy convertible verbally toyed with me in a shopping mall parking lot as we negotiated who should take the parking space.

The other night, unable to sleep, I found myself tempted to view a program laced with soft porn.

A few days ago I received the following email from a friend, I would like to know what other Christians think about going without sex in marriage! I have had no relationship with my wife for four years! Ever since her hysterectomy and her gaining weight, she has totally lost interestI never use to have a roving eye, but after four years its getting rough.

So tell me, are my friend and I alone, or do you also find yourself faced daily with sexual temptations?

This morning, while meditating on Proverbs 5 — with these issues in the back of my mind, I came across the following consequences for those who choose to yield to sexual temptations:

  You will expend the best of your energy on others: Do not go near the door of [the immoral woman] lest you give your best strength to others (vs. 9a) (See Pro. 6:29-35)

Your life will take on a grim quality: [You will give] your years to one who is cruel. (vs. 9b) (See Gen. 38:23 26; Judg. 16:19-21; Neh. 13:26; Hos. 4:13, 14)


Your hard earned resources will be exploited and depleted by others: Strangers [will] feast on your wealth and your toil [will] enrich another man’s house. (vs. 10) (See Hos. 7:9)


Your latter years will end with a groan as your burned out body gives way: At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent. (vs. 11) (See Pro. 7:23)


You will live to regret the fact that you rejected warning and reproof: You will say, How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction! I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors. I have come to the brink of utter ruin…" (vs. 12-14b) (See Psa. 50:17-21; Pro. 1:7,22,29,30; 15:5; Zech. 7:11-14; Jn. 3:19,20,36)

As I concluded my time with the Lord, I was struck by St. Pauls prayer that could be yours and mine as we anticipate future temptations that will seek to compromise our commitment to sexual purity,

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. (2 Thes. 3:5) Amen!

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