Matthew 5.19 cont.
19 Whoever, then should break one of the least of these commandments and should teach men to do so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever shall practices and teach them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
The next commandment is that we must not commit adultery. How is it related to murder? It is because adultery kills the life that a husband and wife have, it destroys the trust that must exist between a husband and wife; it extinguishes the love that binds a man and woman together.
Adultery seems to have increased in recent years. Perhaps this is because people have gone further and further away from God. The result of this is to lose the righteous morality that God has blessed us with.
Adultery, though much more common, still has devastating consequences for those who commit it and for those who are closest to them. It is true to say that there are no winners in adultery; everyone suffers terrible emotion pain and anguish. Children are often left traumatised and confused. Adultery is a major cause of divorce.
Those who commit adultery lust for the momentary pleasure of sexual intercourse, thinking that no one will get hurt. This is a terrible lie of the devil. Adultery will always cause hurt, pain, and misery.
It is a terrible thing that adultery has infiltrated into the church, with some eminent Christian leaders with TV celebrity status falling into this practice.
Where leaders of churches fall into adultery the consequences are even more devastating. The churches that they have led become open to a spirit of adultery, and it is not unknown for some of their flock to follow their adulterous example.
However, there is no room for any of us to be complacent in this matter. The words of Jesus, which we will look at in more detail later in this chapter, are:
However, I tell you that everyone looking at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart – Matthew 5.28.
In the light of these words it is obvious that none of us has any room to point the finger at anyone else. Instead it is a timely reminder that we constantly need to pray:
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me – Psalm 51.10 (NLT).