Proverbs 6:30-32 (ESV)
30 People do not despise a thief if he steals
to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
31 but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold;
he will give all the goods of his house.
32 He who commits adultery lacks sense;
he who does it destroys himself.
People pity the thief who steals bread to satisfy physical hunger, but we should not feel sorry for the one who enters into forbidden sex to satisfy an appetite. The thief could repay the owner of the bread, making restitution for his wrong. But how does one repay for the crime of adultery? How is the violated spouse “bought off” when his wife has been taken by another? Adultery and sexual sin violate promises and boundaries, which just can’t be undone or easily forgotten. If you are tempted to enter into sexual sin, call out to God for a way of escape. Contact a friend and get godly accountability. If your spouse has broken covenant with you, seek help. Pastors and leaders in your church want you to keep your marriage in tact. Don’t sweep these things under the rug. Instead, be honest, and deal with sexual sin today.