It’s been said that being the spouse of someone who has committed adultery against you can be more painful than losing that spouse to death. Death has a way of feeling totally out of your control. But adultery seems to cut at you in unimaginable ways. If a spouse is cheated on they can easily feel broken, abandoned, unloved, afraid, angry, and a whole host of other emotions. On day 5 of 31 days of wisdom, I’d like to shed some light on the other side of adultery. We can imagine all too well how one can be devastated by being cheated on, but what consequences does the person committing adultery experience? Proverbs 5:7-14 paints a very real picture. It says,
Starting at verse 9 the first effect we see is you give your honor to others. Honor is anything that brings status, dignity, and respect to you. It may feel good at the moment, but when you give into adultery you lose honor and respect. In that same verse it says you lose time. You lose years to the cruel one. In other words, Satan robs you, delays you, and sets you back. Adultery takes you off course and can rob you of the brightness of your destiny.
Going further in verse 10, we see that your wealth is diminished. I don’t need to list names but if you think of the many people we know personally or in the celebrity world, we can quickly see how their wealth was taken. Also in that same verse the things you worked for are given to people who have no relationship with you. Others will enjoy the benefits of your labor.
Thirdly, verse 11 points out that it causes you to mourn. It eats away at you and puts you in a regretful mindset.