If you were to see emergency lights that direct you toward the exits inside a building that is on fire would you resent it or would you appreciate it? If the emergency lighting system of a jet suddenly prompts that it is about to crash and the pilot needs to be ejected, will the pilot ignore the warning or appreciate and obey it?
God has given us commands in His word and whenever God says a negative He always has a positive purpose behind it. He always has a reason. It is not to cause us pain. It is for our protection. God says when we play be the rules you win.
Below are some tips on how to protect your marriage based on principles from God’s Word:
1. Make a commitment to God’s standards
Psalm 119: 9 says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your word.” Once I heard a preacher say, Either the Bible will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Bible.â€ We must first decide in our hearts to follow God’s ways and believe that His ways are right and that they are the best.
2. Magnify the consequences of not following God’s commands
Among other sins, sexual immorality is the one that cuts deeply into a person’s core. 1 Corinthians 6:18 “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.”
Sex was designed by God and its purpose was to provide enjoyment for the couple committed together in marriage. It unites the couple physically, emotionally and spiritually. So when a person engages in sex with different partners and separates, it creates more than just physical detachment. The emotions and the spirit of a person gets entangled and a big part is destroyed when a separation takes place. This is besides the fact that there are consequences that the children and other relationships in a family endure.
3. Manage your mind
People don’t just fall into immorality. It seems that way, but you are not a moral, upright person today and by tomorrow you fall into immorality. It doesn’t happen that way. There’s a process and it usually goes from a) accepting sinful thoughts in your mind to b) emotional, non-physical involvement and then comes the c) physical involvement. Below is a simple prayer of commitment that the Psalmist David penned for us.
Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
May these simple tips help you to protect your own marriage help identify regular or braille exit signs to lead those who are facing temptation.