Words of Caution

March 20th, 2014

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Proverbs 5:1-11

“We didn’t intend to get involved; it just happened! We couldn’t help ourselves.” How often I have heard these words from persons who have broken their marriage vows with another partner. I’ve never known anyone who approached their wedding day intending to cheat on their spouse, yet it happens far too often. A man or woman will forget to maintain discretion (Proverbs 5:2) and will become too close to a coworker or a neighbor. Temptation appears sweet, and they convince themselves their behavior is harmless. The story is too familiar! And the results are far from sweet – the end is bitter and painful. Families fracture and children often bear the scars for their entire lives.

Proverbs 5 cautions us to be discrete, to control our thoughts, words and behaviors. We can resist temptation if we will guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23). We can control our actions to steer clear of those who would try to convince us that sin is acceptable and even desirable (Proverbs 5:8).

The path of discretion, disciplined choices and commitments lead to wisdom, knowledge and pure relationships.

Author: Judith A. Schwanz


3 Responses to “Words of Caution”

  1. Patricia Gaye Says:

    March 20th, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I use ‘Reflecting God’ daily as my devotional supplement and so appreciate the depth of spiritual formation of many of the writers and their willingness to share their life experience to encourage and challenge others. Just FYI: the word ‘discrete’ as used in today’s writing was probably intended to be ‘discreet.’ Though from the same root, the meanings are quite different. I trust that the editor responsible would want to know that. Thanks again for this great publication.

  2. Duane Brush Says:

    March 21st, 2014 at 7:02 pm


    Thank you for your kind words! Your discretion in commenting about some entirely indiscreet editing is much appreciated. Your are correct, I do want to know that. It is comments like yours that help keep these eyes open and my mind alert during long hours in front of the editing screen.

    Many blessings,
    Duane Brush, editor

  3. Patricia Gaye Says:

    March 24th, 2014 at 11:28 pm


    “Notable talents are not necessarily connected with discretion,” and I feel that the admirable talent you continue to display in both editing and writing far outweigh any indiscretion in word choice. Your excellent work is much appreciated.

    Praying God’s continued favor upon you,
    Patricia Gaye

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