April 10, 2012

Deadly Adultery

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- April 10, 2012

“Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.” Proverbs 5:5

Adultery is deadly, because it kills relationships and destroys reputations. Children of a parent caught in adultery become confused, dismayed and angry. A child is innocent of a parent’s infidelity, but they still suffer the consequences of ongoing conflict, pain, and resentment. Without trust in the Lord, and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit’s healing and forgiveness, suffering children are set on a similar path of destruction.

Indeed, the ripple affect of adultery’s actions can be felt for generations, so run from this raw deal. It is not worth breaking the heart of God, and breaking the hearts of those who love you the most. Do not allow instant gratification to numb you from the devastating affect of selfish whims. What’s done in the darkness will come to light, and it is as detrimental as the insidious work of termites, causing integrity’s foundation to crumble.

“He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts” (I Corinthians 4:5) Therefore, stay faithful to your bride or groom, and you will reap the rewards of relational life, and respect from your children.

How can you be on guard against adultery’s allure? One way is to avoid websites that offer virtual temptation. We mock God when we pray, ‘lead me not into temptation’ (Matthew 6:13), and then expose ourselves to escapades that lead to adultery. So, ask for accountability, and install software that blocks bad sites. Secondly, save emotional intimacy and alone time for your spouse only. Heart connection need only occur between a husband and a wife. Friendly flirtation is the first step into adultery’s intoxicating control, so inoculate your life from adultery’s infection with a healthy marriage.

Husbands and wives who have emotional and physical fulfillment at home, are not easily led astray. Moreover, make loving the Lord and obeying His commands your compelling commitment, because God’s discipline is sure for those who select the sinful action of adultery. Yes, He forgives, but He also disciplines those He loves. Therefore, remain on the high road of faith and fidelity. Avoid the death of adultery with a life giving marriage.

“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” Hebrews 13:4

Prayer: Whom can I ask for accountability, specifically regarding wisdom of my time and freedom?

Related Readings: Genesis 39: 7-9; Judges 16:5-15; Matthew 5:27-30; I Tim. 1:9-11

Post/Tweet this today: Relationally, remain on the high road of faith and fidelity. #faith #fidelity


Comments

  1. Jessica Robin Esquivel via Facebook says:

    Marriage is so special. People take love for granted. Thank you Lord for giving me my husband, my soul mate, and my best friend Nestor Esquivel. I love you baby forever more

  2. Jessica Robin Esquivel via Facebook says:

    Marriage is so special. People take love for granted. Thank you Lord for giving me my husband, my soul mate, and my best friend Nestor Esquivel. I love you baby forever more

  3. Dennis says:

    This was a great devotional and one that I needed to hear. It is amazing how God reaches us when we least expect it. When I opened my email this morning as I always do, it seemed to leap off of the page. Therefore, I knew it was of God speaking to me. I have been tempted recently due to a lack of intimacy with my wife. This encourages me to press forward and avoid the temptation associated with fulfilling that need with a “quick fix.

  4. Wendy says:

    A very powerful devotion. I pray that it reaches the ones who are trapped in the web of adultery. Pray that the stronghold the Devil has on whose will be demolished.

  5. Steve says:

    Check out http://www1.k9webprotection.com/ for a free web filter program. We have several pc’s and laptops, as well as a few teenagers in the house. We installed K9 and had my wife set the password. Very good stuff for helping avoid temptation! Plus, having my wife hold the password has added to the trust we already have in our relationship.

  6. Cindi says:

    …. and HOW do you heal after adultery; especially when a child is the product of the infidelity ??? Once one understands how or why it may of happened and the spouse is forgiven, how do you keep the memories and pain away and heal the injured heart?

    1. Jann says:

      OH CINDI, BLESS YOUR HEART! WHAT A DEEP SADNESS FOR YOU! THIS IS THE KIND OF PAIN ONLY THE LORD JESUS CAN HEAL AND MAKE A WAY WHERE THERE SEEMS TO BE NO WAY! STAY GROUNDED IN HIS WORD!

  7. Jann says:

    THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS SO TRUE!! ADULTERY IS SUCH A DEAD END! SO MANY OF MY FRIENDS AND I HAVE, AND ARE SUFFERING AS A RESULT OF THEIR HUSBAND’S CHOICES. KEEP PRAYING FOR THE MEN IN OUR LIVES TO BE DELIVERED FROM “DEADLY ADULTERY.” THANK YOU BOYD FOR BEING SUCH AN HONEST AND GODLY EXAMPLE TO MEN!

  8. Gino says:

    I commited adultery and my punishment was 38 years house arrest

  9. Mark says:

    This was a great reading and I really need some understanding. How can adultery creap into a marriage when there is so much to lose. Adultery murders the innocent of the spouse, their children, and crushes the heart of the betrayed spouse. This pertains to both men and women who cheat. My family is suffering tremendously from adultery and the fear and pain caused by it should be a lesson to all. Why do we keep this sin a secret and torment only the families involved. We should scream it from the rooftops and educate others so they can avoid the pain. Each of us would stop a perfect stranger from walking into the path of a moving vehicle but we allow and condone actions that destroy hearts, trust, families, and lives. Husbands can be hurt just as much as the wives through Adultery!

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