And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; (13) And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! (14) I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.Proverbs 5:12-14
The father further elaborates to his son the loss that will come from adultery and sexual immorality. In these two verses he says that regret will characterize his life toward the end. The probability of his life being characterized by disdain for wisdom and instruction beyond the issue of sexual behavior goes up. The restraint of fellowship with God’s people and habitual public worship is in danger of being ineffective for the person that is sexually immoral. This is dangerous because of the deadening effect it has the conscience. Hypocrisy is bound to reign.
Regret is part of the price of the unrestrained, unwise path of the adulterous. If you want a life that avoids regret we must allow God’s wisdom and God’s Spirit to guide us down a wiser and different path.
Have you recently found yourself despising wisdom, teach or instruction? Regret may soon follow. Repent and go a different direction!