Spiritual Adultery: (It's an unfaithful relationship. (click for more) Here is the principle: it is not difficult to judge sin, but when you condemn the sinner, you have implicated yourself. Judging the wrong is not the problem; it is condemning the person. Even if we have not committed the same offense, we may be guilty of it in spiritual significance. Our expression of condemnation has the potential of being equally as evil. Could this be spiritual adultery - to deny God’s mercy?

“So… I will ask for the power to forgive them, and let it pass,” Love concluded as he made his decision. “The pain they have caused I will give to God and ask for His healing.”

 

Jas 4:4, 1Jo 2:15-16, 1Jo 1:5-7, Col 3:5:You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

 

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions--is not from the Father but is from the world.

 

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

 

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

 

 

How can we not forgive others when we have been forgiven so great a debt?

What is spiritual adultery? It is unfaithfulness in our relationship with the Almighty Spiritual God.

It is hate, revenge, and condemnation. It is unforgiveness toward others in the face of the mercy he gives to us. He suffered and died for me, and for you. He feels rejection when we despise others.

It is idolatry.  We use religion, a system of regulation and belief that elevates the position of man and diminishes God, to gain personal justification. It is self-reliance. This is the worship of self and false gods.

It is indulgence. How can we love the pleasures of this world, more than we love Him? Selfishness and worldliness will lead us into spiritual adultery.

A dependency on self-achievement and success for meaning and purpose in life is a striving which results in defeat with the realization of age, disease, and death. Surely, this isn’t Gods way or The Way with Him.

 

Confessions of spiritual adultery:

 

Worldliness: there are so many things that looked good to me. I wanted them and pursued them for myself, with disregard to what You were telling me was wrong. I have been so selfish in my pursuit of pleasure. I have indulged myself with what I could get, and have resented what I could not get. The happiness I found has always been fleeting. I continually sought to fulfill my selfish lust, even using others to get what I wanted for myself. Now I know that I have been wrong. This is my confession before You, Jesus. Please forgive me and wash me clean by the sacrifice of your blood, shed for the earthly wrongs I have done before you.

 

Self-sufficiency: I have been confident in my abilities and have rejected your Spirit of wisdom and love. I have relied entirely on myself. I have lived for self-fulfillment. As I have achieved my goals, they have been unworthy - not bringing any true or lasting satisfaction. I have been proud in myself and I have spoken against you.  But now I know and see my need for You, because I have failed in myself to accomplish anything that is truly good, or even right. I need You, Jesus, to bring healing love into my life. Please forgive me for self-sufficiency, and renew in me the power of your resurrected life.

 

Self-righteousness: In truth, my religious activity has been to justify myself. I wasn’t honest about my own sin. I wanted to hide it and cover it over, so I could appear to be as good, or better than others, and…I have been critical of them. I have been quick to criticize and judge others for their actions, but have not been honest about my own faults. Help me now, Jesus, to know the complete truth about my false justification. Expose the deception of religion in my life. I abandon it now, to have You: your righteousness, truth, and life. Please forgive me for my self-righteousness as I accept your higher standard and trust only in You.

 

How are things with you and Jesus? Are you two-timing in your relationship with God?

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