"Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? Or can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?" (Proverbs 6:27-28).
This warning, from a father to his son, is one that shouldn't be taken lightly and is as true now as it was the nearly 3,000 years ago when it was written.
The world we live in is inundated with sex. Suggestive images are everywhere, images are pervasive and seemingly inescapable, and men, in particular, are always trying to carry fire next to their chest. The end of this kind of risk can only be death.
It's important to understand that the temptation to lust in and of itself is not sinful. But what's perhaps more important to understand is that this temptation is something we ought to always be on guard against, and in being on guard we must always be prepared to run. The father's warning couldn't be any clearer: "Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house" (Proverbs 5:8). This is precisely the place where most of us stumble and fall. Rather than making every effort to avoid sexual immorality, we play with it. We dabble and tinker, almost as if playing a game. But we fail to realize it's a game we can't win.
Are you carrying fire next to your chest? Are you walking on hot coals thinking you can escape the burns? Don't be so foolish. It cannot be done.