Proverbs 5:1-2 (NCV) My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen to my words of understanding. Be careful to use good sense, and watch what you say.
In the first few verses of Proverbs 5, Solomon encourages us to pay attention to his words of wisdom and listen to his words of understanding (v.1). We need to be very careful of the words that come out of our mouths, the thoughts that run through our heads, and our actions as we go about living our daily life – especially if we are married.
Proverbs 5 is a warning about adultery. After the first two verses, Solomon goes on to warn us about falling down the slippery slope of adultery. Marriage is tough enough without being swayed away by “enticing” or “sweet” words from a co-worker, neighbor or anyone of the opposite sex. Proverbs says that “their words may seem as sweet as honey but they lead to sorrow.” Did you know the Bible even considers lusting after someone in your heart adultery?
If you are married, it is important to nurture the relationship you have with your spouse so it produces fruit that lasts; fruit such as joy and love (Gal. 5: 22-23). We are to let the love our spouse has for us make us happy and hold us captive (v.19).
But how do we do this?
By looking for Christ to help us love our spouse in the same way He loves us. I don’t know about you but sometimes I get too wrapped up other things… a job, the kids, our friends, and our own hobbies and interests… to focus on our marriage.
Did you know that second to our relationship with Christ, our marriage is the most important relationship that requires daily attention?
What can you do today to let your spouse know they can still hold you captive? What captured your heart in the first place? Rekindle the flame in your relationship by committing to nurture the relationship you have with your spouse.
Proverbs 5:19 (NCV) She is as lovely and graceful as a deer. Let her love always make you happy; let her love always hold you captive.
Matthew 5:28, 1 Peter 2:11, Mark 4:19, Titus 2:11 – 12