Faithfulness in Marriage

Notes on marriage: Adultery

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Seventh Commandment

You shall not commit adultery.

Exodus 20:14

The seventh commandment is about faithfulness and the bible is not quiet on the subject, actually, the bible has a great deal to say about the topic in the Old Testament and in the New Testament.

Our Culture and Marriage

Even though the Bible has a great deal to say about the faithfulness in marriage, it is becoming more difficult today to live faithfully, in order for us to overcome this, we need to know and examine our culture. The culture itself is promoting happiness–individualized happiness–and we are seeking the happiness in another person rather than in God who is the source of all happiness.

Sex and Marriage

The strive for this happiness leads people to break ups before the marriage and it only sows the seeds of decisions after the marriage as well. “This marriage is not working for me.”, “I am not happy and neither can I make you happy.”, “It has been eating me within and I know you feel the same.”, “I want to get a divorce.”

As a culture, we have created a division between sex and sexual intimacy in marriage. The culture promotes sex and most people have sexual experiences before they get married and many have several partners before they decide to marry someone.

We even have separated the reproduction and the marriage. This separation has reach to the highest number of 55.8 percent where the children are born outside of the marriage; thus disconnecting the reproduction and marriage. The astonishing fact is that children who grow up without both parents, majority of the time, inherent the worldview of the previous generation, which, already is contrary to the Biblical worldview.

We are just scratching the surface in these matters where the trend of our comfort has separated us from God and His guidance. These are challenging times for us to look at the marriage and remain faithful. We are praying for you and your relationships as you continue to submit to the will of God through the guidance of the Spirit of God, whom you received when you accepted Christ as your personal savior.