Whatever we treasure in life we usually go to great lengths to protect. Our most valuable possessions in life are secured through various forms of security. Here’s my point: if we treasure our marriages as we ought, we will protect our marriages at all costs. Remember, whatever we treasure in life we usually go to great lengths to protect.
In the seventh commandment God gives a stern, unapologetic command – with no exceptions – about our marriages. Thou shalt not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14). The Bible is very clear that there is no sin that hurts more spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally than the sin of adultery. Proverbs 6:32 says But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding (translation: makes a dumb decision) he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. The results adultery bring are not worth the reasons by which that decision is made. It’s simply not worth the destruction that this sin brings to your life.
Now, with that in mind I want to share seven practical steps that all marriages can take in order to protect us from violating God’s seventh commandment.
It has been frequently stated that behind every good man is a great woman, and I wholeheartedly agree. Similarly, I would go on to say that behind every good pastor is an incredible staff! I am so grateful for the team God has assembled here in Charlotte at LBC. I am blessed beyond measure to serve alongside of some of the greatest people on earth.
So often in the business of ministry we fail to acknowledge how much we appreciate those who labor together with us day in and day out. I recently shared with our church staff at our annual retreat a devotion from Philippians 1, particularly verse 3 – I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. I shared with them 5 things that I appreciate about them. I want you to hear them too.
Just yesterday I returned back to Charlotte from our annual staff retreat and planning time for the upcoming year of ministry. This is an extremely profitable time for me as a leader to our staff and church family as we do our best to steward the ministry He has given us for the glory of God.
I’m not sure that everyone in our church family fully understands and appreciates why we do something like this. Occasionally people will think you’re getting away to “have fun” or “goof off.” Or, maybe they view a staff retreat to be some sort of vacation. Of course, if you’re idea of a staff retreat is to find rest and refreshment for your staff then sure, go and have fun. Our focus is a little different. It’s a work trip – an extremely heavy work trip.