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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Before You Enjoy the Pleasure, Know the Consequences

Written by: Mayowa Adeniyi

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” – Genesis 3:5-7.

If many people knew the consequence of what they’re about to embark on, or that which they’re presently doing, they would have ignored the pleasure and choose not to face the consequence.

Oftentimes many people in their relationship are myopic to see the outcome of their actions before they carry it out. A guy tells you to prove love to him with sex and you yield to his consent, don’t you know the consequence behind such action?

There’s no pleasure you’d ever enjoy in that relationship that would not have its own consequences, especially when you’re unmarried. Whether it’s a simple and consistent hug, kissing and the likes, something has been set rolling in motion which would someday catch up with you.

The serpent succeeded in making Eve blind to the consequences of eating the fruit. All that she saw was that: it was good for fruit, pleasant to the eyes and one to be desired to make one wise.

She didn’t know that she’ll die – a physical, spiritual and eternal separation from God. She didn’t know that her eyes will be opened to evil and she’ll become naked. She didn’t know she’d be sent out of the garden. She didn’t know that a curse will be placed on her life. She just didn’t know all of these!

Are you also toying with sexual sins that you are yet to see its consequences? Are you blindly in love with someone whom you’re not fully sure God’s leading you to? Are you disobedient to what your friends, parents or guardians are telling you concerning that relationship? Do you think it’s your life and no one should tell you what to do with it?

Joseph fled from his master’s wife sex invite, not because he didn’t know the ‘sweetness’ of the act. But he fled because he knew the consequence of the act – a great wickedness against God.

He chose to flee than to embrace the temporary satisfaction that would make him attract God’s wrath. He knew its effect on his dream of becoming a great ruler. He fled. He didn’t negotiate. He wasn’t like Samson who was taking solace on the lap of sin.

God is full of mercies but his kindness won’t take away the consequences of your wrong doings. You need divine understanding to know the consequences of every action in life before you commit them.

Not everyone has the understanding that would enable them see the consequence of an action before it’s committed but many only understood the pleasure inherent in the action. Sex before marriage could seem pleasurable but its consequences are detrimental than the fun derived.

Are you blind to the consequences of premarital sex? Don’t you know the effect of spending the weekend in your fiancĂ©’s house? Have you forgotten that it’s dangerous to go into a marriage relationship without God’s guidance or even marry an unbeliever? Or you believe nothing would happen when you get pregnant before marriage?

Your sins would definitely be forgiven if you indulge in the act but forgiveness won’t take away the consequences, the pain, the scar, God’s judgment or regrets that would come afterwards.

How can I know the consequences of an action? See that decision with the lens of God’s word (truth) and not with the eyes of your flesh. Don’t judge it based on the fact that everyone is doing it, be determined to be among the few that wouldn’t do it even if it’ll come with shame.

Dearly beloved, hate evil practices in that relationship and cling to that which is good. Get understanding that comes from God (Prov. 2:6) because it’s the only means of seeing things as God sees them. Don’t taste the temporary pleasure to suffer a lasting consequence afterwards.

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