ôSet me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised.”
– Song of Solomon 8:6-7
Honor of marriage
Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge…
What does it mean that “the marriage bed is to be undefiled”?
It mandates only one spouse for every Christian.
Chastity is a virtue common to both sexes. Because of social, cultural restraints and legal prescription, one may not have actually indulged in adultery. But it is rather more important that we must keep inwardly pure in our thoughts and feelings, for that is the requirement in God’s eyes regarding this matter.
Physical union though instituted by God is not the basis of marriage. Marriage is first spiritual, then physical. When that order is reversed infidelity creeps in. We may be bodily pure but the heart can become corrupt and adulterous. Joy and laughter fill and freely flow the newlyweds. But the initial endearing expressions of love pass with a passage of time and that is when the couple must take extra care to continue in love. Malachi 2:15 admonishes, “Guard yourself in spirit and do not break faith with the wife of your youth.”
The only commandment that is sort of repeated within the Ten Commandments is with reference to adultery. Commandment Seven: “You shall not commit adultery;” Commandment Ten: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife” (Ex 20:14, 17). Almost all the New Testament Epistles speak against adultery and fornication:
- Rom 13:12-14
- 1 Cor 6:13-20
- 2 Cor 12:21
- Gal 5:19-21
- Eph 4:17-24
- Col 3:1-7
- 1 Thess 4:3-7
- 2 Tim 2:21, 22
- 1 Pet 2:9-11
- 2 Pet 2:9, 10