At least one partner who is married to someone else is involved in sexual encounters. Such relationships violate the marriage commitment and are forbidden by the Bible. Inner lust was added to the definition of adultery by Jesus Christ.
Emotional Infidelity: When one individual shares emotional intimacy and connection with someone other than their spouse, this is known as emotional infidelity. This link blurs the line between a good nonsexual relationship and a primary relationship violation of trust.
Matthew 5:28: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Adultery is condemned by God
God’s law forbids it
Also see: Le 18:20; Mt 19:18; Jas 2:11
It is listed with other evil practices
Ps 50:18; Je 7:9–10; Ho 4:1–2; Lk 18:11; 1 Ti 1:9–10
The lure of adultery
It begins with lust
Pr 6:25; Mt 5:27–28
Also see: 2 Sa 11:2–3; Job 31:1; Job 31:9; Je 5:8; Mt 15:19
It is seductive
Also see: Pr 5:3; Pr 5:20
It is secretive
Job 24:15; Pr 7:8–10; Pr 30:20
It is a snare to the unwary
Pr 7:7; Pr 22:14; Ec 7:26
It is resisted by the wise
Also see: Ge 39:7–12; Pr 7:4–5
Adultery breaks the marriage covenant
Also see: Ho 2:2; Mal 2:14
The consequences of adultery
It destroys individuals and society
Also see: Pr 5:4–5; Pr 5:9–11; Pr 6:26–29; Pr 7:22–27; Job 31:11–12
It was punishable by death under OT law
Also see: Dt 22:22; Dt 22:23–24; Jn 8:4–5
Adulterers face God’s judgment
Also see: 2 Sa 12:11–12; Mal 3:5; 1 Co 6:9; Re 2:22
Remarriage after divorce may be adultery
Also see: Mt 5:32; Lk 16:18; Ro 7:3
Hypocrisy in relation to adultery
Also see: 2 Sa 12:5–6; Ho 4:14; Jn 8:7–9
Examples of adultery
2 Sa 11:1–4
Also see: Je 5:7 the people of Jerusalem; Je 29:23 the exiles in Babylon; Ho 3:1–3 Hosea’s wife, Gomer; Jn 8:3 the woman caught in adultery; 2 Pe 2:14 false teachers in the church
Children born of adultery
Is 57:3 “offspring of adulterers” was a term of abuse.
Also see: 2 Sa 12:15–18 David and Bathsheba’s child died when he was seven days old; Ho 2:4–5; Ho 5:7
Father in heaven,
Thank you for sending your Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for the forgiveness of my sin. Lord Jesus, please forgive me of all of my sins, come into my heart, and be my Lord and Savior. Please, help me to live for you and fill me with your Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.