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AFFAIR-PROOFING YOUR MARRIAGE

Family Values

Exodus 20:14

Daniel Cassels

 

Exodus 20:14  "You shall not commit adultery."

"Husbands and wives must be faithful to each other.  God will judge those who are immoral and commit adultery."  Heb. 13:4

I.  THE PROBLEM:  WHAT CAUSES AFFAIRS?

       "Adultery is a trap..."  Pr. 22:14 (GN)

        Unmet needs                 Unfulfilled expectations

        Unresolved conflict      Undeveloped self-worth

II.  THE PREVENTION:  SIX STEPS

1.  MAKE A COMMITMENT TO ________________________

"How can a (person) keep his way pure?  By living according to your Word." Ps. 119:9

"Be faithful to your own wife and give your love to her alone."      
Pr. 5:15 (GN)

2.  MAGNIFY ______________________________

"The one who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys his own soul."  Pr. 6:32 (GN)

"...adultery will cost a man all he has."                                                                         Pr. 6:26 (GN)

"God will judge those who are immoral and those who commit adultery."  Heb. 13:4b

3.  MAINTAIN MY ______________________________

"A man should fulfill his duty as a husband and a woman should fulfill her duty as a wife, and each should satisfy the other's needs."

I Cor. 7:3 (GN)

"Do not cheat each other of normal sexual intercourse ... or you will expose yourselves to the obvious temptation of Satan." I Cor. 7:5 (Ph)

 

 

4.  MANAGE MY ______________________________

How Affairs Develop

            1st       Accepting sinful thoughts in my mind

            2nd      Emotional, non-physical involvement

            3rd       Physical involvement

            4th       Rationalizing the affair

"Temptation is the pull of a person's own evil thoughts and wishes.  These evil thoughts lead to evil actions and afterwards to death."  James 1:14-15 (LB)

"Turn your back on lustful desires and give your positive attention to goodness, integrity, love, and peace..." 2 Tim. 2:22 (Ph)

"I want you to be wise about what is good and innocent about evil."  Rom 16:19

5.   MAINTAIN PROPER ______________________________

"But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality."  Eph. 5:3

6.  MINIMIZE THE ______________________________

"So be careful!  If you are thinking, `Oh, I would never behave like that - let this be a warning to you.  For you too may fall into sin."
I Cor. 10:12 (LB)

"Bad company corrupts good character."  I Cor. 15:33

"Guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with your wife."

                                                                                                                                             Mal. 2:15

 

THE PATHWAY BACK TO PURITY

 

            1.         Acknowledge ____________________ (Ps. 51:1-4)

            2.         End the relationship ____________________

            3.         ____________________ ALL contact with the person from now on.  Do whatever it takes to do this!

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