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Marital faithfulness

"But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband." (1 Corinthians 7:1)

Marriage is a covenant relationship. The church at Corinth had concerns on marriage. The New Covenant implications of marriage had to be taught to them. Some in the church advocated the view of remaining unmarried. However sexual immorality was rampant in the city and also was now an issue in the church. People in the church were caught in immoral activities and Paul reminded them that they were the temple of the Holy Spirit and they were not on their own to mind their own business. When a person enters the church of the living God, he has to live by the agenda of God and never by his personal agenda. These days we hear priests, clergy and laymen being caught in illicit affairs and this is causing a disrepute to the body of Christ. We all are accountable for what we do in our body and how we behave with one another.

Each man should have his own wife and each woman should have her own husband. We live in a fallen world. A child of God should use his body to glorify God and also to bring glory to God by his marriage. We have no rights to flirt, abuse, fantasy, sexually exploit anyone. Our sexual lives should be within the legal boundaries of a marriage covenant. Polygamy, homosexuality, fornication, adultery and all immoral sexual practices should be strictly avoided by a believer. For this we ought to remind ourselves that we are custodians of our body and we need to love and respect one another. Our thoughts should be in sync with the word of God. One immoral person can bring down the entire system and profane the name of the Lord. Let’s pray that the body of Christ will be pure, blameless and holy.

For further reading: Hebrews 13:4-5, Titus 2:1-5