Dressed as a Harlot (Notes on Proverbs)

My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs

The following is an excerpt from the book, My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs.

And behold, a woman comes to meet him, dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart” (7:10). We have already noticed how the adulteress is actively trying to capture one in sin – “An adulteress hunts for the precious life” (6:26). Here, after the naive young man foolishly takes the way past her house, she seizes the opportunity and goes out to meet him. The first thing he will notice about this woman is her clothing. She wears “the attire of an harlot” (KJV), which will only add fuel to the fire of any lustful thoughts he may have. This is deliberate on her part, as she is “cunning of heart.” But what any woman ought to remember is that if she goes out “dressed as a harlot,” wearing clothing that invites lust, she has complicity in the sin of one who lusts after her, regardless of whether or not her intention was to seduce him (as was the intention of the harlot).

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The Root of the Problem: Chapter 16 – Lack of Self-Control (Excerpt)

The Root of the Problem (cover)“And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me’” (Luke 9:23).

Jesus says we are to deny ourselves. That is, we must exercise control over our minds and our hearts so that we might submit to His will and follow Him rather than follow after our own desires. He says it will require a daily effort to do this. We must remain firm in our resolve to overcome sin and to follow His will.

There will be times when we might want to quit the battle against sin. We may want to temporarily surrender and give a little bit of ground to our enemy. But we must not do this. It will not work for us to strive to overcome sin only when we feel up to the challenge or when it is convenient. We must strive to overcome sin at all times – daily, as Jesus said. So we must learn to exercise self-control – denying ourselves in order to follow Christ.

You can read more about the need for self-control and how to develop it in The Root of the Problem: Why We Sin & How We Can Overcome. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!