Oftentimes, when we think of adultery, we think of situations where a husband or wife has cheated on their spouse with someone outside of the marriage. This may take place in form of a sexual or emotional relationship. Either way, sacred marriage vows are when intimacy – which was meant for their spouse – is shared with someone outside of the marriage relationship. As a result, there are often feelings of betrayal, rejection, deep hurt, and bitterness.
But what about spiritual adultery? James 4:4 (Amplified Version) states:
You [are like] unfaithful wives [having illicit love affairs with the world and breaking your marriage vow to God]! Do you not know that being the world’s friend is being God’s enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world takes his stand as an enemy of God.
- They were unfaithful (9:2)
- They were untrustworthy (9:2)
- They were liars (9:3)
- They were constantly pursuing evil and doing wrong (9:3)
- They told stories that damage the reputations of others (9:4)
- They were not loving one another (9:4)
- They refused to speak God’s Word (9:4)
- They had a heart full of lies (9:5)
- They loved sin more than God (9:5)
- They refused to know God (9:6)
- They refused to seek God, even though it was not difficult to find Him (9:6)
Look at this list and take an honest assessment of your own heart and your own life. Do you find that any of these characteristics are true for you? Let us examine our hearts and see ourselves for what we truly are. God can help us, but we must be honest with Him and honest with ourselves.
God requires holiness from us. And He desires that we should be wholly and totally devoted to Him. We hope that you will continue to follow this Bible Study on tomorrow when we look at the root cause of spiritual adultery.