The Evolution of an Affair

I appreciate Tim Challies' commitment to biblical truth. He often posts "flashback" posts from his blog - articles with lasting impact.

As I read his flashback post today, "How an Affair Really Begins" (from September 28, 2015), I thought of a number of Christian friends who progressed down the path he describes, the evolution of an affair.

"Affairs do not begin with sex," he says. "Falling into bed with a man who is not your husband or a woman who is not your wife is never a sudden, unplanned event. Instead, it is a culminating decision in a long list of terrible, self-centered decisions." (Emphasis mine.)

My heart grieves for these friends... cries out to the Lord for their marriages.

And I recognize within my own heart the sinful seeds of destruction as well.
We must all guard our lives, renew our mind in the Word of God and commit our hearts afresh each day to our spouses.
Challies ends his post with this reflection by John Owen on Hebrews 3:12-13:

"Take heed ... use all means, 
consider your temptations, watch diligently..."

That is my prayer for marriages today. Let us, especially, who name the name of Christ, take heed ... consider... and watch!"

Read Challies' post, and consider:
Are you on the path that leads to an affair? 
What will you do about it?

Some Related Scriptures: 

Hebrews 13:4 - "Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous."

Proverbs 5:15 - "Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well."

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 - "For it is God's will that you should be holy: You must abstain from sexual immorality; each of you must know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in lustful passion like the Gentiles who do not know God."

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