Do I really want to talk about this one? Sometimes God nudges me in directions that I really don?t want to go but it is necessary. This morning it happens to be online cheating. It comes up so much more often than most of us realize. Our techie age has created wonderful ways to meet people we otherwise would not meet, but unfortunately, it is becoming the number one mode of marital/relationship infidelity. It is also becoming one of the foremost reasons for divorce in our country and others. After all, our country includes Canada, Mexico, and also the United States. Infidelity extends to the Philippines and other areas of the world. With the world at our fingertips, the possibilities are multiplied.
I can already hear the questioning in my ears as to whether online communication with no intimacy is cheating or not. Well, I guess I can ask this question in return. Does your spouse know about your communications? If not, it’s cheating. It makes no difference if there is flirtation or not. Satisfying emotional needs with someone besides your spouse is cheating. I?ve written on adultery before. It seems to come up a lot. I think because it happens so very much in our society. It makes me wonder if there ever is a faithful marriage or relationship.
Here are some important reasons why connecting online or by text message to someone other than ones spouse is detrimental to a marriage.
- It gives intimacy to another person that belongs to a marital partner.
- Marital intimacy is affected, and where there is no intimacy it is considered abandonment.
- Secret communications and abandonment of intimacy is adultery which is considered to be a Biblical reason for divorce.
- It will cause unspeakable pain to the spouse that one thinks will always be unaware. Believe me, spouses always become aware eventually.
- It is extremely disrespectful to a spouse who is on the other side of it
- Sometimes there is no way to repair the damage it causes.
Bottom line, if you cherish your spouse or relationship and don?t want to lose it, then STOP. The Bible tells us that we should be in control of our actions and our bodies. There really are no excuses that are valid. We should tame the tongue, be in control of our own flesh, and be faithful in our marriage and relationships.
No excuse can change these issues. A strong faith is required in this world and with God. We are expected to walk the upstanding journey with God. If we refuse then we don?t love God and we can?t possibly love our spouse that much. Real love lays down its life for another. That means the temptation to connect with temporary thrills and chills that will end up permanent damage. It?s a huge smoke screen and it causes a lot of damage.
Don?t allow the devil to win in your relationships! If there is someone you cherish, don?t risk the possibility of losing that person to momentary pleasures or connections that disrespect your marriage.
I pray for you and for your marriage and relationships to come. Be stronger than temptation and dump the junk that the devil uses to break up every marriage he targets. Remember, we are here to run the race with diligence. Don?t allow marriage failure due to adultery or abandonment to hinder your race.
Pastor Jenine Marie Howry