Proverbs 7:18-20 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
Ok, today I will pose a simple question. A question you could call your four year old in to ask, and they would get it right. So, here’s the question. What is the opposite of good? Your answers may vary a bit. Some will say evil. Some may use the word bad. While others might just get down to the basics, and simply say not good. No matter how you look at it, the opposite of good is normally not something with which we want our name to be associated.
Looking at our verses for today, what does the temptress call the man of the house? Referring to her husband, she says the “goodman” of the house is gone. This man rightfully should be in her bed. The goodman appears to be an honest man, working to support his family. He’s an upright man with nothing to hide. Nor does he try to trick her, as he must trust her. Being respectful of his wife, he even lets her know when she might expect him home. She says, “at the day appointed.”
If he were by definition the goodman, then what, by the same definition, would this make someone who falls for her temptation? You, or your four-year-old have already answered that question. It would make them the evil, bad, or simply, not good man. If you ask those who have fallen into the trap of sexual sin, they will tell you, this is exactly how they felt after committing this sin. Dirty, filthy, ashamed, and regretful are all words I’ve heard used to describe such a feeling. Simply put, a not so good person.
How can you keep from feeling this way? You be the Goodman, or Goodwoman to someone else faithfully.
The grace of God is sufficient to cleanse, and forgive us from all sin. However, the memory of sins committed linger. It’s wonderful to know we are forgiven. It’s yet better not to need forgiveness. Will you be the good person before God?
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