Don’t Share With Strangers
15 Drink water from your own cistern,
running water from your own well.
16 Should your springs overflow in the streets,
your streams of water in the public squares?
17 Let them be yours alone,
never to be shared with strangers.
18 May your fountain be blessed,
and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
Be faithful to your spouse! If you don’t apply the wisdom in this chapter, your marriage (or future marriage if you’re still single) is in major danger!
Never share with others what you were only meant to share with your spouse.
My spouse is the only one I will ever be physically intimate with.
My spouse is the only one I will ever be emotionally intimate with.
My spouse is the only one I will ever give my heart to.
My spouse is always the first to hear the good news and celebrate with me.
My spouse is always the first to hear about my struggles and comfort me.
My spouse is the only one I flirt with.
My spouse is the only one I allow my eyes to enjoy and my heart to desire.
Since we started dating, my wife and I decided we would never be alone with the opposite sex. We wont drive in a car alone, meet alone (even at church), or do anything alone with the opposite sex. It’s not because we don’t trust each other but because we value our marriage and have chosen to set these boundaries to protect it.
…never to be shared with strangers. In this passage, a stranger is anyone you aren’t married to. I refuse to share myself with strangers or let strangers share themselves with me. What makes marriage so beautiful is that we share something special that no one else gets to share. We know each other in ways no one else does. We have given each other exclusive rights. And we are committed in a covenant relationship to each other in good times and bad until the very end! It’s exciting and wonderful! Unfaithfulness isn’t an option. It isn’t even appealing because I know it would destroy my relationship with the most amazing woman I’ve ever met!
Rejoice in the wife of my youth!
Guard my heart and my eyes from wandering to another… there’s no such thing as harmless flirting or looking!
God, thank you for blessing me with such an amazing wife! You have been sooooo good to me. Although we have had our struggles and have had difficult issues to work through, you have been faithful to us. Thank you! Thank you for giving me a wife who I know is faithful to me. Thank you for helping me to be faithful to her. Please keep us strong and faithful to each other. There is no human relationship I value more than the one I share with my wife. I entrust it to you. Amen.