This world is full of wickedness and just because you’re a Christian does not shield you from all of it. We are surrounded by the world and all the sin that abounds on a daily basis, add to that the “target” that Satan puts on Christians and we truly must battle to live for the Lord at times. Jesus told us that it would be this way in John 15.
In John 15:18 Jesus says, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”
Adultery Begins in the Heart and Mind
Adultery doesn’t just happen. It had to start somewhere. It isn’t just a decision you make on a whim and just run with it. There is history behind this sinful, heartbreaking decision. Though you may not realize it building, adultery actually begins in your heart…you long for something more…you aren’t satisfied with what God has given you… Then you begin to think that surely the grass is greener on the other side…
Jesus tells us in Matthew 15:19 & 20, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.”
The heart is where adultery begins…the mind is where it continues to grow…
Adultery Doesn’t Require Physical Relations
In this world it is hard to walk down the street and not be hit with indecently clad women or shirtless men. Somehow our society has allowed a decrease in clothing to be acceptable with each year that passes it seems. It is becoming harder for men and women to keep their eyes safe from being caught looking a person of the opposite sex with interest. If we are not careful we can get caught lusting after that which our human eyes find appealing or desirable. We must remember what Jesus said about lust of the eyes and adultery.
Matthew 5:28 states, “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
We must guard our eyes and ensure that we are focused on the Lord, clothed for the battle of our hearts and minds with God’s Word as our sword to combat the times that our flesh becomes weak.
Adultery Can Be Found in Your Home
It’s true. With a click of your mouse, every sexual evil can enter your eyes, the eyes of your spouse or God forbid even your child. While the internet can be a wonderful tool, there is more evil to be found than good I must tell you. From online sex chat rooms to online videos, forums to sex phone lines and more, the possibilities for adultery in your heart and mind abound online.
It is becoming increasingly important to filter your computer’s internet programs, pop-ups, etc. We must ensure our children are safe when they are online as well, this does not just include PCs and laptops, many of these avenues and others are available on tablets, cell phones, etc. As parents we need to protect them even if it means they don’t like us sometimes.
Adultery May Seem Good for a Time
After all doesn’t all sin go that way? Human nature is that if it looks good, sounds good and/or feels good to us, then it’s worth it. God’s word tells us that the pleasures of sin last only a season…
Hebrews 11:25b states, “enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.”
Just like with all sin though the end is not pleasureful. Adultery ends with pain, heartache and broken relationships…some of which never heal.
Your marriage…your family…your relationship with the Lord are much more important than a moment’s pleasure. The lasting memory and disgust will never leave you though the years pass by.
Remember your heart is where it all begins so…
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Prov. 4:23)