We’re all in this world together. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The simple rules He established for His people, along with the many laws in the book of Leviticus, might seem like impossible demands, but they were designed for our benefit.
Not only are they to be a road map for living faithfully to our God, but also in our relationships with other people. The Bible was inspired by God’s own voice. Therefore, we need to take it seriously. It is true! We are bound to God’s law to being obedient, yet we have been set free – not by our own doing, but through Jesus perfect sacrifice.
The word “adultery” seems rather archaic in this time of history. A little over a century ago, during the Victorian Age, it carried a lot more clout than it does today. That is not to say that this sin did not happen at that time. You just never heard about it. It’s been around for a long time.
Unfortunately it seems to becoming common practice – one of those sins that has a million excuses. Sexual desires, unfaithfulness, sex before marriage, outside of marriage or lust all fall into the category of feeling good – with no concern for the consequences.
The results of this particular sin are countless. Often families are broken apart and children are raised by single parents or multi-parents. Even if the marriage is restored, there will always be a sense of distrust, shame, loss of self worth in the betrayed and a constant guilt in the mind of the betrayer.
There are many results that occur. The obvious one of sexually transmitted disease doesn’t seem to mean much anymore. Was the immediate pleasure worth it? Those affected by this sin also include those who they interact with daily. By committing adultery a negative example is being established – everyone is doing it, therefore it must be all right. Reputation is called into question. If you claim to follow Christ, you have tarnished His name as well.
However the act of adultery is not limited to marriage. It extends to sins of the heart and mind, just like the fifth commandment. Maybe the physical act is never committed, but it’s been thought about it. In a world filled with pornography, X-rated movies, instant gratification, immediate connection to lust and all the other evils that infest, it’s bound to affect everyone at some time or another. As with any sin of the mind, there will always be the desire for more, which leads to even greater issues.
Alone we cannot possibly keep the law perfectly, because of our sinful nature. With the crushing of our sins through Jesus’ crucifixion, we have been brought back into favor with God. With that in mind, all sin has been forgiven, but that doesn’t give us the freedom to remain in our sin. It’s a daily battle, but God has already won the victory.
Galations 5:24 “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”