“But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys himself.”
Only a ‘fool’ will destroy himself. Much of the Book of Proverbs describes the ‘fool’, and often this is in contrast to one who is wise: Proverbs 24:16
“A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless.”
Cautious vs Arrogant.
A cautious man is careful and is prepared to adjust.
An arrogant man believes ‘he’s got it’ and is reckless.
The result is he destroys himself – and what exactly does that look like?
“He will be wounded and disgraced. His shame will never be erased.”
His wound is self inflicted.
He brings his own disgrace.
The shame that is on the other side of adultery will never be erased.
Shame – a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by foolish behavior.
Only the finished work of God in Christ can begin to heal the wound, ease the disgrace and erase the ongoing shame of adultery.
Heavenly Father, protect me from myself and my own arrogance. Thank You for Your Word and the path of wisdom. Give me the grace to live today as a cautious man. In Jesus Name, Amen.