In 2002 news headlines across the U.S. read “Mercedes Madness: Woman Repeatedly Runs over Cheating Husband with her Car”. I can only imagine the comments of wives who experienced similar scandal by their own husbands. Some declared the act understandably despicable, while others stated it was totally ‘out of mind’. There was a limited measure of sorrow for the husband; yet, many were logically sympathetic to the matters that would cause a wife to do such a thing. After 11 years of a presumed blissful marriage, this wife found herself standing in front of a jury recounting every step that lead her to that dreadful place of hysteria on that particular morning. The outcome of that day’s events were appalling. Even sadder, was that this wife’s few moments of “insanity” – that destroyed every possibility of resolve – was experienced with her teenage step-daughter in the front seat of her car.
In short: Adultery is dangerous!
King Solomon wrote strongly about adultery in Proverbs chapter 5. The King’s words warn against marital infidelity and boldly tell the reader, “If you want to preserve discretion, heed these words…
The lips of an immoral woman drip honey and her mouth is smoother than oil; But, in the end …… “
It is with compassionate persuasion Paul instructs us to flee – bolt, runaway, escape – lusts. (2 Tim 2:22) But, we all are tempted when we are drawn away by our own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (James 1:14-15)
It is no small number of those who have been fooled to believe their marital circumstances warrant marital disloyalty. I speak with women often whose lists have been made, all-encompassing of the inadequacies of their husband, in their self-permission to justify their betrayal. Little do they know – or care- that their “involvement with such sin dishonors and consumes all who fall into it”.
“The Bible teaches that temptation in general is avoidable, but some temptations should be avoided at all cost.” ~ Nelson Study Bible NKJV
Have you dealt with adultery in your own marriage? What are your thoughts on adultery and its dangers? From one wife to another; what words of wisdom would you share with the wife who has chosen an extramarital relationship?