I want to start of this post with a wonderful story in the Bible I love, the story of Joseph. For those who do not know or haven’t read about Joseph, he was a young man who was sold by his brothers to the Egyptians because they were jealous of their father’s love and favor of him.
He worked for Potiphar while in Egypt and because God’s favor was upon Him, he was made overseer of Potiphar’s house and all he had.
Now, Potiphar’s wife desired to be with Joseph and she made unwarranted advances toward him but Joseph refused. I want to quote his response so that we understand how much God detests adultery.
Genesis 39:9 No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” (NIV)
In my previous post, I addressed the value of marriage in God’s eyes because more importantly He makes an analogy of this covenant with the most sacred sanctuary to Him and that is the Church of Christ.
Ephesians 5:24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (NIV)
We have probably read or heard about the warnings that are given to people who involve themselves in adultery and the consequences are not pleasant. I do not want to dwell on that because what has been preached is as true and clear as the scriptures say. I will write down some of the verses to guide at the end of the post.
I want to talk about adultery from another perspective; from a respect of human dignity vantage. There was a time I was listening to certain man on radio and he was talking about respecting his wife first and foremost as God’s child. I believe this is where it should first begin and the same should cut across the board. Each and every person must honor one another regardless of age, gender, race, religion etc (including all demographic factors).
Remembering that even in the gift of marriage, it is not by our will that we met and married that man or lady, but by God’s will. He saw it fit for His purpose that in His own time and at a given place we meet that wife/husband. Therefore, adultery will be answerable to Him, for He gifted you a wife/a husband as an extension of His holy Church which you dishonored.
I have spent some time now listening and talking to God and if there is one thing I have learnt in my own experience is that God can be a cruel master. He punished His own chosen, the children of Israel with such wrath when they disobeyed His commands and decided to follow foreign teachings.
Thus, it is better not to marry or make a covenant with God than to make one and not keep it.
This is why I am awed by His love for us even with our stubborn and disobedient hearts. He already sent His son to pay the ultimate price, but we should never take this sacrifice for granted or view it lightly. Our lives have been bought for such a high price, that we must strive to live in purity and holiness just as He is. We must turn away from all evil and call upon His name for He is merciful, He is able to restore any situation including marriages that have been tainted with adultery. Nothing is too great for Him.
Bible verses addressing adultery [Exodus 20:14, Hebrews 13:4, Proverbs 6:32, Matthew 5:27-28, 1Corinthians 6:9-10]