Seduction: What You Need to Escape its Power

by Karin Peavy on July 8, 2014

in Change Your Life, Exhortation, Spiritual Growth

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seduction: what you need to escape its powerProverbs 7, verses 6-23 tells the story of a naïve young man and how he gets trapped by the wiles of an immoral woman. You might not be a young man or naïve but this story is still for you. Why? The tale is not just about getting taken in by a pretty face. It’s about the power of seduction. The immoral woman in this story could represent anything – food, alcohol, drugs, fornication, adultery and more.

The entire story is too long to include in this article. However, you read the entire story here. I do want you to know that Solomon, the author of Proverbs, tells this story. He observed what was going on and recorded it.

As you read, you will notice that the one getting drawn into the net of seduction is a young man lacking good sense. Could this same description apply to us when lured in by seduction? I’m sure we all know that when caught up with temptation, good sense does seem to flee. We are certainly not thinking about the consequences of our actions. All we seem to hear is the promise of feeling good:

Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home. So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you! I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love!

We can always repent of sin and God will restore. But here’s the real reason we should grow strong enough to avoid seduction: oftentimes self-esteem and cherished relationships get destroyed. The journey to restoration is long one as we struggle with regret.

I pray that all of us, as we continue this walk with God, receive the wisdom that comes from Proverbs 7 which offers advice on HOW to AVOID seduction:

My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and to insight, “You are my relative.” They will keep you from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words.



Karin Peavy


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