Greetings, beloved in Christ,
We gather here today to unearth the Biblical truths concerning two sins that have plagued humanity since the beginning of time: Fornication and Adultery. As the Good Book tells us, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
Fornication: The Forbidden Fire
The sin of fornication is the engagement in sexual immorality between unmarried individuals. Scripture is unambiguous about its stance on this issue.
"Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body" (1 Corinthians 6:18).
The Lord warns us not just to abstain but to flee from fornication. Why? Because it's a sin that consumes you, body and soul. It's like playing with fire, only to be left scorched.
Adultery: Breaking the Sacred Flame
Unlike fornication, adultery involves one or both parties being married but not to each other. The marriage covenant, a sacred bond, is broken and trampled upon when adultery takes place.
"Thou shalt not commit adultery" (Exodus 20:14). This is not a suggestion; it's a commandment!
"Whosoever committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul" (Proverbs 6:32).
God's Stance: A Just Judge
God's stance on these issues is clear: they are sins that defile the sanctity of the human body and the institution of marriage. He is a just God, and these sins will not go unpunished.
"Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge" (Hebrews 13:4).
God's Grace: The Way to Redemption
However, let us not forget the love and Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you find yourself trapped by these sins, remember there's a path to redemption. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).
Closing: A Prayer of Grace
Let us bow our heads,
Dear Heavenly Father, we stand before You as sinners needing Your Grace. We thank You for the gift of Your Word that enlightens us, and we pray for the strength to turn away from the sins that entangle us. Thank you for Your forgiveness and eternal love.
In Jesus' name, we pray,