2010-09-12 - The Call to
The Ten Commandments ~ Part 43
Seventh Commandment, Part 6
Now remember, we want to focus not on the negative. After all we certainly
don't intend to commit adultery. One warning, though: Don't ever say "It
can't happen to me." Under the right circumstances, it is possible for anyone
sin in this area, and the thought it can't happen, is an open invitation
But what is the positive side of this commandment? The focus should be on
what can we do to make our marriages stronger, the kind of testimonies for
Christ we desire them to be. We also need to think about some of the earlier
commandments, with the thought of being faithful to the Lord. Both these
areas need to be considered, if we are committed to having a life that is
an example of faithfulness.
The call to faithfulness in marriage is a basic requirement for the man of
God. Its violation prevents a role of service in the body. We read in the
requirements for an elder:
"Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband
of but one wife
" (1 Timothy 3:2).
This means a one woman man, faithful to her. This isn't a requirement for
marriage, or an automatic elimination of someone who has been married more
than once. It is a call for the spirit of faithfulness to one's wife, if
married. While this is directed to the elder, it is also a standard for all
men, and the principle, in conjunction with the Genesis passage, is for both
men and women.
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