Words from the Heart for Tuesday September 12th, 2017
But he who commits adultery has no sense; he who does it destroys himself.
Proverbs 6:32 (NRSV)
The Price of Adultery
Moral sin is popular in our world. Movies and songs often glorify being unfaithful to the marriage vows. Our modern “heroes” can seem to break every law of God and still keep a following. But, none of this changes how life works. The Word of the Lord remains. It tells us very honestly that sin causes us to suffer. Adultery always hurts somebody. The Lord gives us the opportunity to turn from our sin and be cleansed. His way builds strong families and strong lives.
The only grounds for divorce in Canada is the breakdown of a marriage. It can be proven in three ways. When a couple has lived apart for at least one year and apply for divorce it is known as no fault. At fault divorce can occur in two ways – when the spouse against whom the divorce proceeding is brought has committed adultery and when the spouse against whom the divorce proceeding is brought has treated the other spouse with physical or emotional abuse.
When God set down the first code of conduct for His people, the Ten Commandments, He included “you shall not commit adultery.” The law was given to clearly define our relationship with Him and with each other, and so it makes sense that He would include a command regarding the most intimate of human relationships – marriage. The Bible consistently teaches that marriage is a picture of our relationship with God. And so just as our Holy God calls us to keep the promises we have made to Him to walk in righteousness and holiness, so He calls us to keep the promise we make at our wedding to the one we love: that we will keep ourselves to them alone. Adultery is the ultimate breaking of the marriage vows, because it destroys the Bible teaching that in marriage, where the two become one. We not only do great damage to our marriage, adultery does damage to those involved in that sinful relationship. King Solomon noticed that in his day and wrote in Proverbs 6:32: “But he who commits adultery has no sense; he who does it destroys himself.” How wise to keep those marriage vows.
These have been words from the heart.