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Avoiding Adultery

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Radio transcript for the week of December 04, 2016

John Allan speaks on "Avoiding Adultery" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Today we're talking about avoiding the sin of adultery. The principles we'll notice can also be adapted to help us avoid other sins.

Adultery is when somebody engages in sexual intercourse with a person who isn't their spouse. This is a sensitive topic, and parents might not think it's appropriate for their children to listen to this lesson. We understand that you will make the decision that you deem right for your family.

At the same time, this is a topic that cannot be ignored. We cannot pretend that it doesn't exist or that it isn't a sin that can be a temptation to Christians. So we will talk about it here.

We're looking in Proverbs 5. And with that we acknowledge that it is part of the Old Testament. Today we are all accountable to the New Testament, but there are things we can learn from the Old Testament.

From Proverbs 5 we learn three things that can help us avoid adultery.

  1. Don't heed the sweet talk. (5:3-6)
  2. Keep your distance. (5:7-14)
  3. Have a strong marriage. (5:15-23)

Don't Heed the Sweet Talk! (Proverbs 5:3-6) - While it's possible that Solomon is describing physical appearance of lips in Proverbs 5:3-6, he might be talking about the words this woman would use in trying to seduce a man to commit adultery with her.

So often - whether it's adultery or some other sin - people who want us to engage in sinful behavior will try to make it sound and look extremely enjoyable. We must be careful about this and refuse to yield to the temptation.

Keep Your Distance! (Proverbs 5:7-14) - Proverbs 5:7-14 helps us see that a way to avoid adultery is to stay away from places and people who would tempt us.

It's so important to be careful about who we spend our time around and where we spend our time. Many times sin can be successfully avoided by avoiding certain places and people.

Have a Strong Marriage! (Proverbs 5:15-23) - Another safeguard against adultery is to have a strong relationship with your spouse. This includes engaging in the privileges of marriage that are reserved exclusively for that institution.

Any marriage will have its challenges, but investing the time and effort to keep your marriage strong will help you resist temptations to be unfaithful.

Again, please realize that these same principles can be helpful in resisting other temptations.

  • Sin often looks and sounds appealing. Remember that sin has a price and any pleasure derived from it is short lived.
  • Keep your distance from places and people who tempt you to do wrong.
  • Have strong relationships in your life that help you be faithful to God and his will.

If you aren't a Christian, we encourage you to become one!

  • Hear the Gospel (Romans 10:17)
  • Believe it (Mark 16:16)
  • Repent of your sins (Luke 13:3)
  • Confess Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:16)
  • Be Baptized for the Remission of Sins (Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16)
  • Be faithful to God (1 John 1)

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