KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 19:9 (ASV). “And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that marrieth her when she is put away committeth adultery.”
From our key scripture the Lord says ‘whosoever’ shall put away his wife except for fornication and shall marry another commits adultery. The word adultery means sex with a married person. It also means an act of breaking the marriage union. These statements are very serious. The Lord says the one who divorces except for fornication and marries another commits adultery. The word is a present continuous one. So long as he is living that way, he is committing adultery. It does not matter the title one may bear, if he breaks this word, he becomes an adulterer.
May I ask, where would such a man or woman end up in eternity? The Lord dearly acknowledges the marital union as extremely important and does not in any way trivializes it at all. In these times the world as a whole play down on the sanctity of marriage. All these is an assault of the devil on that Holy union of marriage. Acts of fornication is so much trivialized and many people do not treat it as something that must be avoided with all the seriousness it deserves. The Lord said, this act of fornication is a main act that makes marriage legally dissolved.
In the event of fornication, the offended party is free to divorce and get married again. If he or she decides to forgive the offending party, and stay in the marital union, that is most honorable and well accepted before God. Forgiveness is a blessed act that couples would always have to demonstrate to each other, looking at the great devastating effect of divorce to the marital union. The pain of betrayal in an act of Fornication is quite grave and devastating, yet may we consider how much God has forgiven us, despite our rebellion and betrayal in various forms. God never forsook us, but was always favorably opened up to us. Consider this, and forgive your spouse who might have fallen into Fornication.
Fornication may hurt you, but a divorce will scatter you, choose forgiveness
THOUGHT: FORNICATION IS DANGEROUS, DO NOT TRIVIALIZE IT. AVOID IT.
Colossians 3:12-13 (ASV). Put on therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye: