25 Don’t lust in your heart for her beauty
or let her captivate you with her eyelashes.
26 For a prostitute’s fee is only a loaf of bread,
but an adulteress goes after [your] very life.
27 Can a man embrace fire
and his clothes not be burned?
28 Can a man walk on coals
without scorching his feet?
29 So it is with the one who sleeps with
another man’s wife;
no one who touches her will go unpunished.
30 People don’t despise the thief if he steals
to satisfy himself when he is hungry.
31 Still, if caught, he must pay seven times as much;
he must give up all the wealth in his house.
32 The one who commits adultery lacks sense;
whoever does so destroys himself.
As Christians, we have a real enemy. Satan is trying to destroy your family right now. You may not be completely aware of his ploys, but he has already set things in motion to take down your marriage and to change your children.
One of his greatest tactics against marriages is his fantasy-type portray of adultery. The adventure of seduction awakens many bored spouses. The danger and the sneakiness provides an excitement that may have been lacking for sometime in one’s own marriage.
Satan is very good at allowing spouses to see the benefits of an affair. He helps them imagine sex with another person. He provides opportunities to develop a relationship, but he fails to provide a picture of life outside of passing moments of pleasure.
A moment of pleasure in adultery will bring about a life full of pain and regret.
This passage states that an “adulteress goes after your very life.” People don’t really see the person with whom they are having a “fling” as desiring to ruin their lives. Normally, the person whom the affair is happening with seems to genuinely care for that person and build them up. Make no mistake about it, adultery will ruin your life.
While a romantic encounter may feel good for a time, is it worth it to make your children have two birthday parties each year because you and your former spouse can’t be in the same room? Are you willing to lose all common friends and watch them turn against you in defense of your spouse? Is adultery worth losing all you have built with your spouse – spiritually, emotionally, and even financially?
Today, have a reality check. How would the downside of adultery not only affect you but those that you love the most?
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.
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