Thursday, March 30, 2017

Adultery & Forgiveness

YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY (Exodus 20:14).  Jesus commented on this commandment saying, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?  So then, they are no longer two but one flesh.  Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:4-6).  Adultery is simply when one engages in or desires sexual intercourse with someone to whom he or she is not married.  Any thought or activity which disregards God’s design for marriage as a life-long union of one man and one woman adulterates His design.

King David, who had adulterated God’s design (2 Samuel 11-12), brought grief and turmoil upon himself and his family (13-18).  Grief and turmoil still follows the sin of adultery in our day.  David, instead of being proud of his behavior as many are today, humbly confessed his sin, repented with the prayer, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).  Though God did not remove the consequences of adultery, King David could enjoy God’s forgiveness and a clean heart as you also can through Jesus Christ.  Come to Peace Lutheran Church to hear God’s commandments affirmed and forgiveness proclaimed.   Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.