Book: Proverbs 5
“For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. But in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. For she cares nothing about the path to life.”
It may taste good, it may feel good and enjoyable but does it lead to life or lead to death? This proverb warns the reader to abstain from fleshly cravings. The Apostle Paul, in Galatians 5:19-21, takes it one step further and clarifies what some of these desires/cravings are:
“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”
Notice that these desires are all “self focused” and not Kingdom focused. The path of death is always a “self-focused” or selfish focused path. This is in contrast to the path of life which focuses and leads to the King and His Kingdom. The path of life provides true joy and fulfillment.
The King, Jesus Christ, although being God, was willing to come to this earth, serve people, and suffer, paying the penalty of sin for others by being crucified on the cross. It is through our King’s act that we can receive the benefit. The Apostle Paul writes it this way further on in Galatians 5, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.”
Choose today to live on the path of life, asking God to lead you. If there are unholy passions and desires in your life, nail them to the cross of the King by confessing them to Him and in return receive from Him the Kingdom blessing.