Introduction: Infidelity is one of the most challenging issues that couples experience, and it is becoming all too common in our culture today. It is a problem that can cause severe emotional trauma and, in severe cases, the dissolution of a marriage. However, the Bible has much to say about infidelity, how to recognize it, and how to deal with it. In this message, we will look at some Scriptures and break them down to their primary meanings to help us understand infidelity better.
In Malachi 2:16, God says, "For the Lord God of Israel says That He hates divorce, For it covers one's garment with violence." Adultery is one of the primary reasons for divorce, and God hates it. Therefore, as Christians, we should avoid adultery at all costs. In Matthew 5:28, Jesus says, "But I say to you, That whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."
* This verse teaches us that adultery starts in the heart before it becomes a physical act. Therefore, we must guard our hearts to avoid the temptation of committing adultery.
Proverbs 6:32-33 says, "Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his soul. Wounds and dishonor he will get, and his reproach will not be wiped away."
* This verse shows that committing adultery not only leads to physical harm but also a Spiritual one. Furthermore, it brings shame and dishonor that cannot be wiped away. Therefore, we must avoid it at all costs and seek ways to protect our marriages.
Another way of recognizing infidelity is by paying attention to the characteristics of someone committing adultery. They may suddenly start paying excessive attention to their appearance, have unexplained absences, become secretive or defensive, and distance themselves emotionally from their partner. These are the signs that someone may be committing adultery, and when you see them, you should confront them.
Lastly, dealing with infidelity requires forgiveness, but it is not easy. In Matthew 18:21-22, Peter asks Jesus, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus replies, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven."
* This verse teaches us to forgive our partners when they commit adultery. Forgiveness does not mean you forget the situation and allow yourself to be vulnerable to it again. You must address the issue, seek professional help, and work on rebuilding your marriage.
Conclusion: Infidelity is challenging and can cause severe emotional and physical trauma in a marriage. However, according to the Scriptures, adultery is a sin God hates, and we must avoid it at all costs.
* If you recognize the signs of infidelity, you must confront your partner and work with them to rebuild your marriage. Dealing with infidelity requires Forgiveness, but it is not easy. You must seek professional help, address the issue, and work on rebuilding your marriage. With God's guidance and love, your marriage can overcome the pain of infidelity.