Thou Shall NOT Commit Adultery
Copyright © 2007 Heaven Ministries - Angie Lewis
Married folks have been given a very important task, and that would be to protect their marriage vows. Couples have promised to love and care for each other until death parts them? So then, what is all this other nonsensical stuff going on with marriage these days? What was in your heart on that beautiful day while looking into your husbands/wife’s eyes? What has changed?
God explicitly set certain principles for marriage, and one of them is “thou shall not commit adultery”. This boundary is very important to follow because if we break this boundary it hurts the marriage vows deeply and couples stop loving and caring for each other the way they are supposed to. When a marriage lacks trust and devotion from one another, what is left?
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24 NIV)
That verse in scripture means if we are Christian’s than we are following Jesus now and have taken up our cross (crucified sinful self) and have stopped being a slave to our sins. If we are still repeating the same sin(s) over and over again, than we have not taken up our cross and stopped being a slave to our sinful nature.
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should not longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. (Romans 6:6-7 NIV)
Adultery has broken the trust-bonds of many marriages. Infidelity always hurts someone and is reckless and destructive. But the ironic thing is people keep committing the same sins over and over again. Why aren’t they learning from their mistakes? I think it is because they do not want to learn. They have not actually set it in their minds that they are God’s children. They have not accepted Christ for their life; it is as simple as that.
All of us lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of His great love for us, God who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:3-6)
I truly believe that much of the infidelity going on in marriage today can be completely eradicated when we have set it in our mind to do what is good and right in Christ. We absolutely need to value ourselves as people so we can stop doing what is wrong to ourselves, and what invariably always hurts others in the process. Low self-worth keeps us from seeking Christ. Why? Because when we feel unloved we seek love outside of the boundaries of God. Depression and other emotional traumas can do the same. What a man thinkith.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable –if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9 NIV)
We need to know in our heart that happiness and satisfaction is not found through someone else-not even a spouse, not a lover, and not a stranger on the Internet. Happiness comes from within the person God intended us to be - the whole person. But before we can become that whole person we must give up the selfish aspect of who we are and humbly ask Christ to become a part of our lives through the workings of the Holy Spirit.
“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:38 NIV)
God has blessed us with the tools we need to become whole without the need to feel pleasure and satisfaction through others. If we would only take a moment to stop searching for the good life outside of God’s boundaries, we would see that God’s love for us is all we really need.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16 NIV)