Intimacy and Adultery (Through the Gospels)

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“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery” ^Matthew 5:31-32. (Click to read entire passage)

Jesus continues to expound on the consequences of lust and sexual immorality. In Matthew 5:31-32 he gives a clear picture of the boundaries and consequences of adultery for a married man or woman. Why such a strong statement by Jesus? “But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery" (Matthew 5:32).

Jesus understands that once a man and woman share in marriage and sexual relations, their souls are tied together. Sex in our modern society and culture has been degraded and devalued to nothing more than two consenting adults choosing to enjoy each other without any commitment and consequences. It has become a cheap commodity losing it’s essence and purpose between a married couple. 

Jesus knows how sex was designed and intended to work. Sex is supposed to be one of the strongest bonds that can be experienced between a man and woman. When it is shared between a husband and wife who are living in covenant with one another, there is an emotional, physical and spiritual bond that takes place. Knowing this, Jesus says anyone who divorces his wife and marries someone else is committing adultery. 

However, for those who are in their second marriage this does not mean that you are seen as permanently adulterous. Even if your past may be marked by adultery, His love covers all our past sins. To the one who chooses to remain faithful to the Lord today, His shed blood will wash all your sins clean.

May we strive to remain pure whether we are single or married. For the singles, remaining pure today will have an undeniable impact on your future marriage. For those who are married, may we fight with everything we have to remain faithful to our spouses. To those who have been divorced, know that the Lord loves and embraces you completely. 

William ChungComment