Flirting with someone who is not your spouse.
Inappropriate texts and messages.
For some reason the very topics that over 50% of all marriages are affected by, in some way, usually get swept under the rug. Scripture, however, holds no punches when it comes to warning against adultery and infidelity. Before we get too far, let’s define a couple things.
Infidelity - marital disloyalty, unfaithfulness, or a breach of trust.
Adultery - voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her lawful spouse.
Scripture doesn’t just warn us against these kinds of choices and behaviors, but also warns us of how seductive, sly, and sneaky the enemy is in his attempts to lure both husbands and wives into infidelity and adultery. What’s worse is that it has become common for married men and women to flirt with members of the opposite sex while at work, the grocery store, the gym, and even at Starbucks while getting their coffee from their barista. Too many have accepted this behavior, saying it’s no big deal, and excusing it because “they know nothing will ever happen”. Unfortunately, statistics tell us otherwise.
Percentage of marriages where one or both spouses admit to infidelity, either physical or emotional - 41%
Percentage of men who admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they’ve had - 57%
Percentage of women who admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they’ve had - 54%
Percentage of men who say they would have an affair if they knew they would never get caught - 74%
Percentage of women who say they would have an affair if they knew they would never get caught - 68%
Percentage of men and women who admit to infidelity on business trips - 35%
Percentage of men and women who admit to having an affair with a co-worker - 36%
Obviously the warning in scripture is warranted. It is wise to protect yourself even if you think “it would never happen to you”.
Discuss with your spouse ways that you are going to draw a line in the sand to safeguard yourself and your marriage from infidelity and adultery. Yes, the conversation can be extremely awkward but we promise it’s less awkward and far less painful than the fallout is from making these kinds of choices because you didn’t decide to safeguard yourself.
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