Words from the Heart for Wednesday January 15th, 2020
You shall not commit adultery.
Exodus 20:14 (NIV)
According to Canadian legislation, the only ground for divorce in Canada is the breakdown of a marriage. The courts require proof of exactly what occurred in three ways: the spouses have lived separate and apart for one year – no fault divorce; the spouse against whom the divorce proceeding is brought has committed adultery; and the spouse against whom the divorce proceeding is brought has treated the other spouse with physical or mental cruelty. The latter two instances are known as at-fault divorce.
Even in our world of liberal sexual mores and throw away relationships, the marriage covenant is held in high regard. Those who enter into a legal marriage make promises to each other that are held in high esteem not only by the couple that makes the vows, but also by all who are present to hear them. There should be no surprise here. The God who created us, and who brought Eve to Adam in order for his life to be complete, holds the marriage vows in high regard. He even uses marriage as an example of the relationship between Him and His people. He is the ultimate Bridegroom and we, the Church, are His bride. In the Ten Commandments, God says in Exodus 20:14, “You shall not commit adultery.” When we make our vows at our wedding, God expects us to keep them. He is the God of covenants, and He views our marriage vows as a covenant. And a covenant is binding. We are called to a high view of our marriage vows, and to faithfulness in our marriage. We honour our covenant-making and covenant-keeping God as we do.
These have been words from the heart.