Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Read Exodus 20:14
“You shall not commit adultery.”
Matthew 5:27-28 And Jesus said,
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
The statistics on infidelity are iffy, as most are reluctant to bring this sin into the light. Sexual sin has long been hidden in darkness, as shame resists exposure and the cure of the light of Christ.
So, depending on the research, rates of infidelity range widely from 22% to 63%. Recently, the Ashley Madison cheaters’ hookup website was hacked and 37 million user account details were leaked to the world. That is 60% of the 60.8 million married couples in the United States. Add to this pornography, which NBC News reported was a $97 billion industry in 2015, and it’s clear sexual sin is pervasive.
Why so rampant? Sex is obviously a more enticing sin than others (less than 18,000 murders last year in the U.S.). Our sexuality taps into something essential within us. We are sexual beings, both male and female, made for loving relationships, made to procreate, to enjoy companionship and intimacy by our Creator. Monogamous, faithful, intimate marriages are called to illustrate the fidelity God, who is ever faithful to each of us, giving endlessly to His bride, the church of Jesus Christ (Eph 5:32).
So why the huge problem? Satan attacks and distorts what is most important to God. Destroying sexual intimacy is one of Satan’s prime vehicles to target and hurt God’s children. Distorting intimacy with cheap substitutes destroys our intimacy with God. The beauty of loving relationships, the blessings of fidelity, and the glory of intimacy with God and each other is radically damaged. Intimacy is sullied, shamed and shattered, rather than celebrated and enjoyed in God’s given context.
Fidelity matters… a lot. If lost, it is worth fighting for, recapturing through repentance, by working together in the light to pursue our good and God’s glory.
Father, no sin can separate us from you and no scheme of the devil can ultimately distort your love. So where we’ve failed, lead us to repentance, forgive us, and give us the will to fight together for the beauty of fidelity.
P.S. If you want support in the fight, on any level, please contact Pastor Rob (firstname.lastname@example.org)