Giving thought to our ways is important; asking the LORD to lead us, even more so.
Proverbs 5:6 She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.
We are responsible for our own actions. Free Will requires it. Becoming mature in our faith nurtures it. Being like Jesus provides it. What would Jesus have thought about this chapter? He might have:
- Loved verses 1 and 2, for they described His relationship with the Father;
- He might have thought of people He knows who have led this lifestyle.
- He IS verse 7: “Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say.”
- He would have seen the danger and resulting consequences.
- He also would have known God’s heart for what the relationship between a man and a woman is designed to be: a picture of His relationship with the Heavenly Father!
- Verse 21 would be for Him exhilarating whereas we usually fear it…
- He knows that sin destroys us, and He prayed for us:
John 17:15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,  that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one:  I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
As we read today’s verses, may we be encouraged to know that God loves us as His dear children even as He loves Jesus, His Son!
1 John 3:1a How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!