Scripture Passage: Exodus 20:14
The key to a magnificent marriage is found in Exodus 20:14, which reveals: “You shall not commit adultery.”
The modern world tells us that the Ten Commandments, especially this one, are out of date and old-fashioned. Generations come and go, but the Ten Commandments remain. They don’t need to be amended or revised, and we are broken upon them if we try to break them. But if we obey them, they liberate us. We have to teach the next generation of God’s plan for a magnificent marriage.
God’s original plan for marriage in Genesis 2 emphasizes a supreme commitment between a husband and wife. It is of the highest priority of any human relationship. The Bible also teaches about the permanence and purpose of marriage. Mark 10:9 says, "Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate." Adrian Rogers says, “Marriage is a romance; in the first chapter, both the hero and the heroine die and become one new person.”
It is a sin against one’s own self, against the home. No other sin does more personal damage––spiritually, mentally, or physically–– than immorality. Adultery is a sin against the Church; when a member of a church lives in sexual immorality, he sins against the holy Body of Christ. No matter how society tries to glamorize it, adultery has destroyed great nations in the past: Greece, Rome, Egypt, and Babylon, to name a few. It may be the sin that destroys our nation, as well, because it is a sin against Almighty God.
As the next generation grows and prepares for marriage, we need to model magnificent marriages through our own.