Marriage is a special institution established by God for His glory and for the enjoyment of mankind. And we are expected to treat the institution honourably.
Unfortunately, many people have been dishonouring their marriages by not protecting the sanctity of the marital unions as necessary.
Part of the requirements for safeguarding the sanctity of marriage is marital fidelity.
I do not mean to suggest that fidelity in marriage guarantees that a marriage will be happy and successful. But I can state categorically that marital infidelity is a sure way to destroy a marriage or make it fail.
It is required that in marriage, spouses should be faithful to their partners with their bodies. But what do we see sometimes amongst married people?
Adultery – willful sexual relationship with someone else other than your spouse!
Adultery is a grievous sin first before God and then before your marriage partner. Yet, some people engage in it without caring about the consequences.
Beyond the seeming pleasure derived from adultery, alot of pain is caused by it.
Anyone who commits adultery is playing with fire, and should not be surprised if the fire consumes him or her.
Here is a question from someone who seriously contemplated the danger of adultery:
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Proverbs 6:27
The answer is no! You cannot put the fire of adultery on your lap and expect not to get hurt!
Here are additional warning against adultery from the book of Proverbs (NLT):
26 For a prostitute will bring you to poverty, but sleeping with another man’s wife will cost you your life…
28 Can he walk on hot coals and not blister his feet? 29 So it is with the man who sleeps with another man’s wife. He who embraces her will not go unpunished…
32 But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys himself (Emphasis mine).
As a follower of God, you will have known from the Bible that adultery is a serious sin, with eternal implications…
But beyond that, no one will deny that adultery has terrible consequences to the perpetrators and to the people along their paths.
Adultery damages nearly every relationship around it, including the extended family. Forgetting the goodness and mercy of God by giving in to immediate impulse and physical passion brings self-inflicted consequences to the body and soul… Ross Rhoads, Adultery – A Heartbreaking Sin
The following consequences might result from adultery:
- Loss of reputation
- Fear of being caught
- Emotional pains
- Financial liability
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Unwanted pregnancy/Child
- Loss of job, etc.
Talking about loss of job, that was what happened recently to a university professor in Nigeria. He was dismissed by his employers over a confirmed allegation of sexual misconduct.
Earlier in the year, a recorded conversation between the professor in question and one of his female students went viral in the social media circle in the country.
On that leaked audio, the randy professor was caught on tape soliciting sex from the post-graduate student in exchange for pass marks.
Following the public outcry over the sex-for-mark scandal, the school authority launched an investigation into the allegation.
The preliminary investigation found the professor guilty of the allegation, prima facie, and this led to the accused professor being suspended. However, the professor was later sacked upon the conclusion of necessary investigations.
One reputable media source reported that the Professor “was found to be liable for all allegations of [sexual] misconduct levelled against him… This led to the dismissal of the academic from the services of the university, to serve as a deterrent to others.”
The guilty-as-charged professor was dismissed “to serve as a deterrent to others.”
The need for strict safeguards
That’s one of the reasons I’m writing this post as well. If you realise the inherent danger in committing adultery, you will guard against it.
As David Boehi noted in an article on adultery published on Family Life website, “…All of us [should] realize the need to set up strict safeguards to ensure that we are faithful in our marriage commitment[s]. If I am convinced of what adultery would do to me and to my family, I will watch my wandering eyes, guard my thought life, and avoid any situations that could put me in harm’s way.”
Here is my final advice: Think twice before you commit adultery because it will cost you!
What’s your perspective on the consequences of adultery?
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