Coping With, Surviving, and Forgiving Adultery
Bible Summary. The Bible provides ample guidance with how we should cope when our spouse commits adultery. Adultery is one of the few things that justifies divorce in the New Testament. Christians can divorce because of adultery, but it should be a last resort. According to the Bible another option is to separate for a season in the hope that the separation will heal the relationship. Also, marriage partners should consider ministerial counseling to help seek God's direction when marriage relationships are strained. A marriage partner must also remember that the adulterous partner does not really understand how much adultery affects the marriage and the family. Many adulterers will truly repent after committing adultery. The Bible tells us that we should forgive someone who repents of their sin just as God has forgiven all of us. See below for Biblical advice and scriptures on coping with adultery. Key Bible Verses: Matthew 5:32, 1 Corinthians 7:11, Proverbs 19:20, Proverbs 6:32, Luke 17:4, and 2 Corinthians 2:10.
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Coping With Adultery – A Last Alternative Is To Divorce.
According to the Bible divorce is an option if your marriage partner commits adultery. At the same time divorce should be the last resort in a marriage, especially if the adulterer repents to God of their wrongdoings.
See Scripture Commentary: Matthew 5:32 provides advice on adultery and divorce.
Coping With Adultery - Separation and Reconciliation.
Another option in coping with adultery is to separate. In this case separation from your spouse for a season may heal the relationship.
See Scripture Commentary: 1 Corinthians 7:11 provides advice on marriage separation and reconciliation.
Seek Counsel for Sins Like Adultery.
As adultery creates so much confusion in marriage relationships, a person should seek God’s direction and receive ministerial counseling to find out what God should have for them to do.
See Scripture Commentary: Proverbs 19:20 provides advice on counseling.
Coping With Adultery – They Do Not Know What They Do.
One thing for you to remember when coping with adultery, is to realize that the adulterous marriage partner does not understand the full consequences of their actions. If they did, they would not have been tempted to commit adultery.
See Scripture Commentary: Proverbs 6:32 advises us on the ignorance of adultery.
For With Repentance Comes Forgiveness.
One of the hardest things in coping with adultery is to actually forgive the marriage partner that has committed the adulterous act. The Bible tells us that if someone repents, we are suppose to forgive them.
See Scripture Commentary: Luke 17:4 advises on situations of repentance and forgiveness.
Forgive as God Forgives.
Jesus forgives all of us that repents of their sin. God expects us to forgive people as He forgave us.
See Scripture Commentary: 2 Corinthians 2:10 advises us to forgive sinners as God has forgiven us.