AFFAIR-PROOFING YOUR MARRIAGE
You shall not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14
Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. Hebrews 13:4
SIX STEPS OF PREVENTATIVE CARE FOR YOUR MARRIAGE
1. MAKE A COMMITMENT TO [GOD’S STANDARDS] !
3 His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us through his own glory and goodness. 4 Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature. 2 Peter 2:3-4
2. MAGNIFY [THE CONSEQUENCES] !
32 But he who commits adultery has no sense; he who does it destroys himself. 33 He will get wounds and dishonor, and his disgrace will not be wiped away. 34 For jealousy arouses a husband’s fury, and he shows no restraint when he takes revenge. 35 He will accept no compensation, and refuses a bribe no matter how great. Proverbs 6:32-35
3. MAINTAIN MY [MARRIAGE] !
14…the Lord was a witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Did not one God make her? Both flesh and spirit are his. And what does the one God desire? Godly offspring. So look to yourselves, and do not let anyone be faithless to the wife of his youth. For I hate divorce, says the Lord, the God of Israel, and covering one’s garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So take heed to yourselves and do not be faithless. Mal 2:14-16
4. MANAGE MY [MIND]
12 Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. 13 No one, when tempted, should say, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one. 14 But one is tempted by one’s own desire, being lured and enticed by it; 15 then, when that desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and that sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death. James 1:12-15
5. MAINTAIN PROPER [RELATIONSHIPS]
1 Do not speak harshly to an older man, but speak to him as to a father, to younger men as brothers, to older women as mothers, to younger women as sisters—with absolute purity.
1 Timothy 5:1-2
6. MINIMIZE THE [OPPORTUNITY]
5Be sure of this, that no fornicator or impure person, or one who is greedy (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be associated with them. Ephesians 5:5-7