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Should I Commit Adultery?
Long ago Demosthenes had written:
We keep prostitutes for pleasure; we keep mistresses for the day to day needs of the body; we keep wives for the begetting of children and for the faithful guardianship of our homes. So long as a man supported his wife and family there was no shame whatsoever in extra- marital affairs.” C. Swindoll, Sanctity of Life
One could have thought long ago when this was spoken that humanity was more savage and barbaric. That the reason why men viewed women as objects was they lacked education. If only they had proper information, things might have been different. The truth is time has passed, but many still follow this philosophy…
Because sexual immorality is not an education problem; it is a sin problem that is rooted in the heart of men.
Demosthenes boldly proclaimed that here is no shame in having extra marital affairs. That is where his philosophy is terribly wrong. Many are secretly struggling with the guilt and damages caused by adultery. Or some may be on the edge of plunging into the deceptive trap of martial ruin. It is in the bible where we can discover God given wisdom.
For by means of a harlot A man is reduced to a crust of bread; And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life. Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? Can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared? So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; Whoever touches her shall not be innocent.” Prov 6:26-29
The first of these consequences is how human dignity gets robbed from us, “for by the means of a harlot a man is reduced to a crust of bread”. Crust is the part of the bread that is the least desired; it has very little function, and it is known to be cheap and worthless. Adultery corrupts faithfulness which is a virtue and which in turn leaves us feeling used. Adultery has very painful and lasting damage on our families and marriages. The next verse asks us a rhetorical question, “Can a man take fire to his bosom and his clothes not be burned?” We know the answer.
Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul. Wounds and dishonor he will get, And his reproach will not be wiped away.” Prov 6:32-33
God cares deeply about the outcome of our lives. These proverbs are warnings connected to consequences. They give us the understanding that we do not have to experience this for ourselves in order to find out if they are true. If we are willing to receive wise council.
If you have already regretfully stepped in this arena, there is a God who can redeem you and possibly your marriage. Or maybe you are in relationship where you have found out that your spouse has been unfaithful. God can give you the healing and guidance needed during this painful time. God will never leave you nor forsake you.
Jesus has destroyed the power of sin and the devil at Calvary’s cross so you can be truly free in your heart. If you would take a moment and confess and repent of your sin and put your trust in Jesus Christ then you can start to experience God’s gift of salvation and healing.
Say this prayer, “Dear heavenly Father I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I confess that I am a sinner. I ask that you would forgive me of my sins. I‘m ready to repent and put my trust In Jesus Christ. Thank you for having mercy on me a sinner. In Jesus name Amen. We are The Potter’s House Church in Belize City. If you prayed that prayer please contact us. Simply fill out the contact form & we will get back with you or leave a comment below.