2015-06-28 - The Seventh Commandment
The Positive Side
Now remember, we don’t want to focus 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 to sin in this area, and the thought it can’t happen, is an open invitation to trouble.
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 that 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:
“Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach” (1 Timothy 3:2 ESV).
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 a standard for all men, and the principle, in conjunction with the Genesis passage, is for both men and women.
Study to be continued.
Pastor Geoff Kragen
For part 1 of this commandment study, go to the May 3rd 2015 devotional.
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