“My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them” (Proverbs 1:10 NIV).
Although Solomon is addressing his son, the advice is relevant to all–men and women.
“If those who are living in sin, doing all those things that God has said is sin, try to entice you to do likewise, don’t do it.”
Sinful–full of sin–those who see no wrong in doing anything and everything the flesh dictates–“just doing it”–lying, stealing, abusing and molesting children, cheating on wives and husbands, fornication (all sexual sin), favoritism, blasphemy, turning God’s Truth into lies to suit their behavior and encouraging others to do what they do–sin.
How do we avoid being enticed to engage in sin? We stay away from those who commit sin and encourage others to do so. We study God’s Word. We work on developing and maintaining a right relationship with God. We focus on hearing and obeying God. This is how we avoid being enticed by those who would lead us into behaviors that would not please God.
When we understand the consequences of our actions and that our actions lead to negative consequences, we should not want to participate. However, when we are interested in doing those things that appease flesh, we are easily led astray.
Unfortunately, the temptation to please self and flesh often overrule common sense--the wisdom needed to know that temporary gratification will not lead to lasting happiness. James reminds us that if we lack wisdom, we should ask God for wisdom and He will give it without making us feel foolish. When we operate in the wisdom of God, we make good decisions and can look forward to the positive outcomes that will result in lasting happiness.
Having respect for our bodies–the temple where Holy Spirit dwells (if we are filled with the Spirit of God), means that we avoid behaviors that will destroy the body. Much of the illness and disease we suffer is due to behaviors that are contrary to keeping our bodies healthy, including our eating habits, lack of exercise, smoking, drugs, unprotected sex, etc. Respecting God’s Word in all things will keep us mindful of living healthy lives, keeping our temples undefiled, and focused on pleasing God.
Lord Jesus, help us to recognize who people are by their conduct and steer clear of any who would entice us to sin against You!