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The Fruit of Instant Gratification

For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil.

But in the end, she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.

Proverbs 5:3-4


One of Newton’s laws tells us that there is a reaction for every action. No one challenges such law because it has been demonstrated through physics and common sense. I believe a spiritual law is even more trustworthy than a physical one. The author of the book of Proverbs declares in its fifth chapter the spiritual law that Paul tells us in the Book of Romans. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23(a)). 


A spiritual law tells us that we cannot avoid the consequences of sinning or falling into temptation. Since no one is without sin, we all know its consequences, but like a moth is attracted to a flame, we are seduced by our flesh, and even though we know better, we keep sinning. Why do we do it? According to Salomon, the answer to that question is simple: instant gratification. 


Instant gratification is a term that describes the tendency to forego a future benefit to obtain a less rewarding but more immediate one. How many marriages do you think have been lost because the lips of adulterous people drip honey? How many kids have suffered the absence of a parent because that parent was seduced by someone’s speech smoother than oil? 


Why wait for marriage to have sex? Most people have many sexual partners and live happily. At least they seem happy. Why walk on the straight and narrow when people who live sinful lives have everything they want? Why fight temptation when sin feels so good? We do it because, at first, sin tastes good, but in the end, it is more bitter than gall. Sin always breaks us. 


Every illicit sexual relationship takes away pieces of our souls. Every easy dollar brings trouble to us and our families. The person you left your spouse for will probably leave you for someone else. Still, even if the consequences of sin do not knock at our door in this life, please remember there is life after death. 


Eternity, my friends, is when we experience the last consequence of our sinful actions. It is the last paycheck for our decisions. We might enjoy living in sin for a while, but eventually everything ends. Learn from your past mistakes, my friend. Change a short-lasting happiness for true everlasting joy.


Give your life to Christ and ask Him to keep you from temptation. Stop wasting your life in the consequences of sin and start living a life of peace with God. From experience, I can tell you that you do not know how good life can be until you live the life Christ died to give you. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal, abundant life.

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