Life-Giving Implications of the Seventh Commandment

Friends, have you been intimate or have you allowed your mind to indulge in desires of intimacy with anyone to whom you are not married? If so, you are sinning against the Lord. The best course of action is to repent and forsake your sin (Proverbs 28:13). Seek out a confidant/counselor who will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.

Pray and ask the Lord to unveil Jesus’ beauty to you as your beloved bridegroom. If you do not experience the beauty and wonder of His love, you’ll give your heart to other loves that will end up breaking your heart. The old preachers called this “the expulsive power of a new affection.” No one can just stop lusting or committing adultery. You must replace your disordered love with a new love, a new affection, and a new desire for the Lord and His pleasure and favor. Pray through Psalm 27:4 – One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.”

No one is beyond committing physical adultery. All of us have committed spiritual adultery against the Lord and against our spouses with our lustful thoughts.

May the Lord give all of us who are married today the grace to heed this word on regulating our marriages. So much pain could be averted with a determined resolved to delight to do what God commands!

What is it that the words “you shall not commit adultery” call us to face?

“First, that sex is for marriage, and for marriage only;      second, that marriage must be seen as a relationship of lifelong fidelity; third, that other people’s marriages must not be interfered with by sexual intrusion. One mark of true maturity is to grasp these principles, and live by them.”

— J.I. Packer, Growing in Christ

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