Purity in Marriage
Daily Bible Reading – Proverbs 4-6; Romans 8
Today’s Key Passage – Proverbs 5
A couple of years ago my wife and I went to Destin, Florida and spent a few days at the beach. Every now and then, as the sun got hot, we would wander out into the beautiful waters of the Emerald Coast to cool off. Though we would go straight out from our spot on the beach, there were a few times when I would look back at our belongings and realize that we had drifted from our original position. We never would have known we had drifted if not for our belongings sitting on the beach serving as our anchor point. In today’s society, it seems we have “drifted” from God’s idea of purity in marriage. In our world, we are bombarded on a daily basis with adulterous themes from movies and television shows, reports of infidelity by athletes, movie stars, and politicians, and the proliferation of Internet pornography. To the casual observer, it might seem as if the world accepts and condones sexual immorality and adultery. Fortunately, we have God’s Word as an anchor point to show us just how far we have drifted from His idea. In today’s key passage, Solomon discusses the topic of adultery.
Most people are fully aware that adultery is explicitly spelled out as a sin in the Ten Commandments, yet it continues to be a problem in our society just as it was in Solomon’s day. Even some self-professed “Christians” are committing adultery at an alarming rate as more and more people find ways to rationalize their sinful behavior. They wrongly believe that God might condone their behavior or give them a “free pass” if they spend one hour a week sitting in church and the rest of the time cheating on their spouses. God, however, makes it perfectly clear throughout the Bible that adultery is the complete opposite of His plan for our marriages. In today’s passage, Solomon warns that, “the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.” (Vss. 3-5) In addition, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said, “I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28) For the modern Christian, adultery means a lot more than just infidelity. What some people fail to realize is that the wandering eye, flirting, and pornography are just as damaging to the marriage relationship as cheating, and are therefore completely against God’s will for us.
So, what is God’s ideal for marriage? To answer that, let us first remember that God is the one who designed marriage in the first place. Marriage was not an idea that began through any government – it came directly from God. He designed marriage as a covenantal relationship between a man and woman, and expects it to be kept pure and holy. The simple truth is that your spouse is a divine gift from God and should be treated as such. Instead of looking for other ways to fulfill some desire based on the illusion of greener pastures, God wants us to find pleasure and happiness in the relationship He gave us. Solomon reminds us to, “drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.” (Vs. 15) Purity in marriage is vital in building a healthy and lasting relationship. Regardless what the world might believe, there is no substitute for complete and total purity when it comes to your spouse. It is up to each of us as followers of Christ to guarantee our spouses this level of purity, as we always remember that, “a man’s ways are in full view of the LORD” (Vs. 21) Do not settle for anything less than God’s absolute best for your marriage.
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