For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end, she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword.
As I read this passage of Proverbs 5 titled “Avoid Immoral Women”, I thought to myself, great Bible chapter if you’re a man and had to dig deeper into this passage to extract something that would not only apply to men, but apply to women and relationships in general. As I read this verse, I think of relationships whether platonic or romantic and how sometimes these relationships are poisonous to us emotionally, physically and spiritually. When I think of poison, the idea of venomous snakes comes to mind: where one bite can lead to paralysis or death in a matter of minutes. This verse also says that this relationship is as dangerous as a double-edged sword. A double-edged sword has two very sharp edges so it can cut in two directions.
Sometimes we have people who enter our lives that are as bitter as poison and that are dangerous as a double edge sword; people whose purpose is to try to destroy us, stray us away from God’s plan or purpose in our lives. As Christians, we must be aware and cautious of those we allow into our lives. When I think of friendship or relationship, some Bible verses come to mind that helps me to assess the role a specific relationship plays in my life.
Romans 12: 15 ESV “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” – Do these friends clap for me when I am on the mountain or when I accomplish a goal, but are they also there for me when I am in the valley?
Proverbs 27:17 ESV “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” – Does this relationship push me to grow emotionally, mentally and spiritually?
Galatians 6:1 ESV “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” – Does this friend lovingly correct me and help me to get my life right with God and help to get it together in other areas as well?
As we go through life we will encounter many people and form many relationships. Make sure that the people who you surround yourself with are people who are going to help and push you be the best you! And don’t be afraid to let some relationships go!!!
Macielle loves to travel, eat and her heart is to help others in any way possible. She has a passion for teaching and hopes to write a book geared to empowering women through devotions!