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Project Proverbs 365: Chapter Five

Welcome to Proverbs 365! This blogging
project is my attempt to read one chapter of Proverbs daily and
then share a piece of wisdom or lesson learned from within that
daily chapter. Proverbs are God’s version of daily Best Practices:
they help us through good times and bad. When life becomes
stressful, Proverbs are there to help us make better choices. Feel
free to join me in Proverbs 365–either on your blog or by leaving
your daily Proverbs lesson in the comments
below!

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Proverbs 5

Proverbs 5:3-4 (NIV) For the lips of an adulteress drip
honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; [4] but in the end she
is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.

The dumbest
things we do in life often start out sounding pretty good. We
rarely make a decision to do something because we know it will make
us absolutely miserable. No, we usually choose what sounds right,
and what sounds fun.

But what Proverbs is saying is that the ways
of the adulteress (which is anything that tempts us off God’s path)
are sweet. That the feel-good path will lead you right unto
bitterness and pain. We often begin in innocence, but at the end we
are sitting with each other in pain, wondering just how we got
there. The fact is is that wisdom is much quieter on this earth.
While it comes to those who seek it, it tends to be more subdued.
It often will cost us something to choose the ways of wisdom. But
adultery, sin–they stand there and surround you, shouting at you
that ‘just this one time’ is fine. That you can enjoy yourself
now–who really will it hurt? Proverbs points out that she is a
liar, and that in the end the quick and easy choice will most
likely be the most painful and drawn out one to walk away
from.

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