Fidelity Required

In a world flooded with entertainment, we often find ourselves captivated by stories that glamorize illicit affairs and infidelity. Take, for instance, the popular TV show "Scandal," where the entire plot revolves around an adulterous relationship that, somehow, we end up cheering for. It begs the question: how did we reach a point where we celebrate relationships built on betrayal?

The answer might lie in the timeless wisdom found in Scripture. God's commandment in Exodus 20:14 couldn't be clearer: "Do not commit adultery." It's the eighth of the Ten Commandments, emphasizing the sanctity of fidelity in marriage.

Marriage, according to biblical teachings, is not a man-made institution but a divine gift. In Genesis 2:18-25, we witness the first marriage, where God creates a suitable companion for Adam. This sacred bond is a foundational aspect of God's design for humanity.

The Old Covenant allowed for certain exceptions, such as polygamy and divorce under specific circumstances outlined in Deuteronomy 24:1-4. However, in the New Covenant, Jesus reaffirms the importance of fidelity in marriage, stressing its divine intention (Matthew 19:8-12). The heart, Jesus teaches in Matthew 5:27-30, is where fidelity or infidelity begins. Guarding one's eyes and ears from lustful temptations becomes crucial in maintaining marital purity.

The apostle Paul further emphasizes the significance of sexual purity in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, stating that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 13:4 reinforces the call to honor marriage and keep the marriage bed undefiled, as God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers.

Despite the cultural narratives that may glamorize wayward relationships, the biblical perspective on fidelity remains steadfast. God desires humanity to enjoy the fullness of His gifts within the bounds of His design, while the adversary seeks to distort and pervert this plan for his own destructive ends. As believers, the call to marital fidelity echoes through the pages of Scripture, guiding us to glorify God with our bodies and relationships.

  1. How do you think popular media influences societal perceptions of relationships, particularly when it comes to depictions of infidelity? Can you think of any examples where such portrayals have affected real-life attitudes?

  2. Drawing on Genesis 2:18-25, how might recognizing marriage as a divine gift impact discussions on family structure and gender roles today?

  3. Read Hebrews 13:4. How can couples practically honor marriage and keep the marriage bed undefiled, and how do societal pressures impact this biblical principle?

  4. Considering Paul's emphasis on our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:12-20), how might this biblical view align or clash with modern attitudes toward sexuality?

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