By comparing immoral relationships and healthy marriage, a lot of good practical advice is revealed in the fifth chapter of Proverbs. When it all gets boiled down, what comes up is one negative command – Do not commit adultery, and one positive command – Be faithful to your spouse. Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. Faithfulness leads to blessing, and blessing leads to rejoicing. God’s plan for fidelity within the husband and wife union is even better than we can imagine.
One of the most complex relationships is marriage, and a good marriage takes attention, effort, thought, time, and consideration – what some would call hard work. For a healthy, happy, and growing Christian marriage, mutual commitment to God and to each other is essential. Love like this is patient and kind. There is no room for rudeness and selfishness. If we add stubborn pride to the unhealthy mix of self-centeredness, we can create damaging barriers that can block the fountain of blessing from flowing. Respect and forgiveness are key factors in a blessed marriage. But even in the best relationship, misunderstandings will come, so it is wise to get good at making peace. Proverbs 5 suggests that there is no better gift than to grow old with the marriage partner of our youth. We can’t help but rejoice with a gift like this.