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Proverb 5: 1 – 5

My son, pay attention to my wisdom, incline your ear to my understanding, so that you may maintain discretion and your lips may comply with knowledge. For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

We can talk about adultery in the narrowest sense. In this case, a married man having an extra-marital affair. We understand that. However, perhaps these verses have a broader context as well. We, the beloved, have stepped out on God who is our first love, our true love. We have put our careers, human relationships, sports, food and about everything you can name before Him. When we are supposed to be with Him, we are giving our affection to other things or people. They have become the adulteress who lures us away from the one true love and they lead us into Sheol, to our demise, to our death. We, not just individually, but collectively. We, the church, have forsaken our first love.

Later, in this proverb, Solomon says to be satisfied with the wife of your youth. That speaks of God who loved us first, who loved us before our great-grandparents were born, who saw us from the pre-dawn of time and dedicated Himself to us forever.

As a body, and as individuals, our hearts long to return to our first love and be satisfied. However, all the other components of who we are and life’s complexities conspire to steal us away from the deepest love of our heart. It takes dedication and determined purpose to retain the zeal of young love. Remember how sweet this love is and fall in love all over again.

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