2010-09-04 - Faithfulness and
The Ten Commandments ~ Part 41
Seventh Commandment, Part 4
It is often the same in spiritual matters. People are in church on Sunday,
being respectable, but they really get their pleasure the rest
of the week with other gods. The gods, of money, power, ego, and even sex.
When Jesus said
No one can serve two masters.
Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to
the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money" (Matthew
He is stating this same principle in another way. You cannot be faithful
to God, and have an adulterous affair with other gods, money for an example.
Some are willing to be faithful to God, as long as He meets their needs,
but as soon as He demands something from them or doesnt do it their
way, forget it. Its off to somewhere else.
Marriage is fine, so long as there are no demands. Otherwise lets go
elsewhere. Today, of course, with equality the in thing, it is
just as appropriate in our society, for women to have "affairs" as men.
We hear all kinds of excuses for the violation of ones marriage. Some
have an open marriage. This means both parties can have adulterous
relationships showing their "maturity" in accepting one anothers sins
as alternate lifestyles. We also hear: Well my spouse doesnt
meet my needs. Therefore, I have to go somewhere else. After all, you don't
really expect me to do without, do you? But God calls us to standards
of behavior that are not contingent on what someone else does, only on what
is right or wrong. Marriage is given to us by God as His standard. In addition,
as it is a picture of Gods relationship to men - be it the adulterous
Israel or Christs bride the church - our marriages are to serve as
examples to the world around us.
We also need to remember Christ's standards regarding marriage. In Matthew
5:27-29 we read:
You have heard that it was said, Do not commit
adultery. But I tell you that anyonne who looks at a woman lustfully
has already committed adultery with her, in his heart. If your right eye
causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to
lose one part of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into
Keep in mind that while this talks of men, it is just as true for the woman.
This is why the requirement for the elder is to be a one-woman man. Christ
is speaking of what should be our main concern, our heart condition. First
comes the sin of the heart - and only then of the body.
Paul points out that sexual sin is unique in that:
All other sins a man commits are outside
his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not
know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you
have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.
Therefore honor God with your body." (1 Corinthians 6:18-20).
Christian marriages are to be pictures of Christs relationship to the
church; therefore, to violate them not only breaks the sanctity of the marriage
relationship, but it also demonstrates a false view of God and His standards,
to the world around us.
Do we really think of our marriages as testimonies of the Christian life?
What are some of the practical ways that our marriages are demonstrating
the quality of our faith to those around us? Can you give any examples of
marriages, your own or others,that have been an example to you, good or bad?
Comments or Questions?
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