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Affair-Proofing Your Marriage (5 of 7)
Series: Desperate Households
Pastor Jeff Schreve
I've performed, as a pastor, many weddings. And in every wedding that I perform, I always include that vow - that you'd leave all others and you'd be true to your partner and faithful until death. Now I imagine every married person in this room has made that vow. That's just what we do. That's just standard fare at a wedding. You vow before God to be faithful. But so many people break that vow.
I was looking at statistics for marital unfaithfulness. And one of the statistic said 36% of married couple, sometime in their marriage, one or both, are going to be unfaithful. That's a high, high percentage - 22% for the men and 14% for the women. At that, in that same study, they said that immorality starts so young. Unmarried people between the ages of 14 and 21, 63% of them are sexually active, 63%. And, you know, people look at sexual immorality, fornication, having sex before you're married, adultery, having sex outside of your marriage, and they say, "Well, you know, everybody's doing it. Hey, it can't be wrong" as Debbie Boone sings, "if it feels so right." But it is so very, very wrong.
God says in Hebrews chapter 13 and verse 4, "Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for fornicators and adulterers God will judge." God will condemn. That's what the Scripture says. God is very clear. He doesn't mince words. Now, if you want to save yourself a tremendous amount of grief and guilt and shame and pain and devastation, obey Hebrews 13 and verse 4. Don't commit fornication, and don't commit adultery.
Now tonight, we want to look at very practical ways to safeguard our lives and safeguard, especially our marriages and our homes, because there's nothing that destroys a home like an affair. So notice with me tonight 6 critical steps needed to affair-proof your marriage."
Step number 1: Make a commitment to God' ...
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