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What did Jesus say about Infidelity

What did Jesus say about Infidelity

Jesus addressed the topic of infidelity, emphasizing the sanctity of marriage and the seriousness of adultery. He stated in Matthew 5:27-28, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart” . This highlights not only the physical act of adultery but also the intentions and thoughts that lead to such actions.

Three main takeaways from Jesus’ teachings on infidelity include:

  1. The Sanctity of Marriage: Jesus underscored the importance of marriage as a covenant not just between two individuals but also involving God. He pointed out the gravity of being unfaithful, not only in action but in thought, thus emphasizing the sanctity and purity marriage should hold.
  2. The Broad Definition of Adultery: By extending the definition of adultery to include lustful thoughts, Jesus made it clear that infidelity is not just about physical actions but also about the purity of one’s intentions and desires towards others outside the marital relationship.
  3. The Call to Faithfulness: Jesus’ teachings serve as a call to faithfulness, urging individuals to honor their marital commitments both in behavior and in thought. This call to faithfulness is foundational to the trust and integrity that underpin a healthy and holy marital relationship.

These teachings encourage individuals to reflect on their actions and thoughts, guiding them towards upholding the values of fidelity and sanctity in their marriages.


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