Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Stealing: "The Easy Way Out"

I've written before about the insidious and cancerous nature of tiny compromises (sin) in your relationship with your bride. A second look, a flirtatious comment, an inappropriate text and suddenly something is kindled far beyond what you ever intended. Or maybe you did. In either case, you've set your marriage on the road to ruin.

Do you think I'm just a whiner or a prude? Twice Proverbs declares, "A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come upon you like a robber and want like an armed man" (6:10, 24:33). The reason? A small lapse in attitude brings about a far greater destruction.  

This is why James delineates the life cycle of sin, "But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death" (1:14-15). Your desire leads you astray, then comes sin, then comes death. Bottom line, keep your desires in check.

A bit later, he speaks of the destructiveness of the untamable tongue.  It's such a small thing, but that small thing is like a small fire, a spark, it kindles a little flame and soon the entire forest is destroyed.  Consider the blazes that ruin homes and destroy lives simply because some toad tossed his cigarette out the window. A small thing brings big destruction.

So it is, brothers, in your marriage.

I've already rambled longer than I intended because I want you to get to another read that I have stolen (not really, just linked) from a former co-worker and sister in Christ. She gives the wives perspective on how those small compromises skewer the heart of your woman.  Please take a few minutes and read "The Easy Way Out" by Courtney Killian.  Then take steps before God to prevent those little compromises. Drink in Proverbs 5:15-23 and be enraptured by your woman.

Really, there's not a much easier way to love your wife.

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