In the last few days, I have been reading through Proverbs. Proverbs is one of those down to earth, practical sections of Scripture that helps us navigate life with wisdom.
This morning I read, “If you do, you will lose your honor” (Proverbs 5:9). The context of that declaration has to do with someone being seduced sexually and the sad consequences of that choice. But that warning applies to more than just sexual seduction. It can refer to any form of seduction like the seducing presence of power, control, or pride.
With that in mind, I went back and reread chapter 5 to see how seduction takes place. It first begins with smooth words that appeal to a place in us that is vulnerable to the kind of seduction being offered. Once the smooth and inviting words are received, a conversation begins leading the victim to the door of the house of the seducing spirit. Once inside, it is too late. Seduction is complete, and honor is lost.
The writer of Proverbs shares the regret of the seduced person, “How I hated discipline. If only I had not ignored all the warnings! Oh, why didn’t I listen to my teachers? Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors? I have come to the brink of utter ruin, and now I must face public disgrace” (v.12-14).
Seduction of any kind can seem like it comes out of left field, but in reality, we carry and develop our vulnerability to its lure over time. This is why each day, we must examine our hearts to see if we are carrying a vulnerability to any form of seduction that has the intent and purpose of robbing us of our honor. Protect honor at all costs. It is a gift from God.