Why don’t you have an extramarital affair? Seriously, be honest with yourself and answer the question. What did you come up with? If I could guarantee you will never be found out, you’ll never get caught, would your answer change?
This question came to my mind recently while having to deal with a life situation, the result of an affair. I’ve written about emotional affairs and other areas of marriage failure, but have never been this straight forward with the question. Seriously, admit it, most TV programs and most movies display for us in real life fashion multiple characters having multiple affairs. We read about it continually. We even experience pastors failing in this area. It’s everywhere around us, desensitizing us little by little. We’ve come to expect it, maybe accept it as the norm. Methodically, the flesh can become weaker and weaker, while the spirit is screaming to our heart.
So, what are your answers? I love my wife too much? I just couldn’t do that to my husband who has been faithful? Or, my children would be decimated? All true, but not strong enough. Everyday those challenges are brushed aside, caution thrown to the wind and, uncharacteristically, a man or a woman falls, succumbing to the temptation. The lust of the eyes and the flesh are simply too strong. (I John 2:16)
What is the answer, Steve? Here’s one that I have come up with for myself: I love God and I want Him to know how much I love Him. What does that mean? Just this – Jesus said, “If you love me, obey my commandments.” (John 14:15) In verse 23 He went on to say, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.”
Do we love Him enough to obey Him?
God’s word: Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery. Hebrews 13:4
“Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be. The last of life for which the first was made.” ~ Robert Browning