“You must not commit adultery” — Deuteronomy 5:18 (NLT)
It’s interesting that although God hates divorce, it doesn’t show up in his top ten not-to-do list. However, adultery does. Why? Because God knew that sexual unfaithfulness in marriage would become the number one leading cause of marital trauma and divorce.
Why is adultery such a big deal? Because marriage is more than a social contract–it is a sacred covenant designed by God where two people mysteriously become one in the marriage bed. Matthew 19:6 says: “Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” (NLT)
What if it happens? If either party becomes sexually intimate with anyone outside their marriage, there is a serious breach in this covenant, which not only leads to a severe emotional disconnect between husband and wife, but is a sin against God. King David came to this conclusion after his affair with Bathseba. “Then David confessed to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord'” (2 Sam 12:13 NLT)
Think this won’t happen to you? Not so fast. Jesus who is the fulfillment of God’s law said, “You have heard the commandment that says, you must not commit adultery. But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Mat 5:27-28 NLT).
Yes, like any other sin, God forgives adultery. But I’m pretty sure King David would advise you to stay away from balconies and keep your home hires burning. Because anyone who’s been caught in the flames of adultery won’t have to show you their scars–you will see them.
by Rob Gerig