Sunday, March 04, 2012

The Dangerous Woman


               image by Sarolta Ban

With a gaze of her eyes, she drew him in.
He so quickly was lost--he knew not how--
That he rushed without thought to depths of sin
And he lives as her slave with no hope now.


Here's the Bible's promise of what happens if you seek and obey the Lord's wisdom.
...you will be delivered from the forbidden woman,
from the adulteress with her smooth words,
who forsakes the companion of her youth
and forgets the covenant of her God;
for her house sinks down to death,

and her paths to the departed;
none who go to her come back,
nor do they regain the paths of life.
(Proverbs 2:16-19 ESV)

Note: Over my 35+ years of marriage, there have been multiple women (and maybe a man or two) who might have been willing to seduce me if I'd let them. For a married man, here's the only way I know of to survive:
1. Avoid ever eating with a woman who's not your wife. If you're forced by circumstances to eat with a woman, tell your wife about it every time.
2. Ruthlessly cut off any romantic/emotional spark that draws you to someone other than your wife. Be emotionally flat to the person. Don't discuss any personal details of your life or of her life.
3. Spend time with the Lord, in his word.


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11 comments:

Brian Miller said...

true that...it is an easy road...esp if you are struggling emotionally or if you are struggling at home...the grass is not greener...

Wander said...

thank you for your share!

Wander

http://wanderwithoutbeinglost.blogspot.com

Carrie Burtt said...

Some good advice in your words of wisdom Jim! :-)

Sue said...

My husband has similar rules for himself. I'm glad he does.

=)

Jim Swindle said...

Brian Miller, you're right about the grass color.
Wander, thanks for stopping by.
Carrie Burtt, thanks.
Sue, three cheers for your husband.

anitamombanita said...

Thanks for your visit and your comments.

I appreciated your advice re avoiding infidelity. It's sound advice. It's best not to invite it.

janaki nagaraj said...

Good advice there.

Jim Swindle said...

anitamombanita and janaki nagaraj, thanks.

Mara said...

Amen! I like how you've added a biblical approach at the end of this prompt. Nice touch. :)

-Mara
http://the-poetic-madame.blogspot.com

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

Great short poem, and true words of advice. Following them, even to this day, has not prevented the worst from happening. When a woman listens to the seducing spirit, not to infidelity herself, but to doubt and accuse her innocent spouse, finally driving him from her, not noticing even how her family is destroyed because she has loaded the blame on him, can even the Lord break the bondage of this deception? What we only see is not the whole picture. The Lord's mercy, also, sometimes looks like destruction, except to those who, enmeshed in the accidents that fill time, know that even there, the Lord is with them, and that there are no losses except those that free.

Jim Swindle said...

Mara, thanks. The brief Bible quotes on my blog are worth more than all of the poems and photos.
Romanós, I can only imagine the pain you're describing, but have seen it all too often. The enemy is out to destroy our marriages in any way he can. One of the ways is when one person (husband or wife) becomes the designated person to blame for everything that's wrong in the home. My own household fell into that trap for a period, but the Lord, in his mercy, moved us past that.

As you describe, those painful periods--whether temporary or until death--are used by the Lord to set free all who trust in him. To know him is worth the loss of all else.

I'm praying for you today, brother.