Keep the Marriage Bed Undefiled

Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers. Hebrews 13:4 HCSB

My wife and I just celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary. We have enjoyed some extremely good times but also times of difficulty and hardship. It is easy to make it through the good times, but it takes commitment to make it through the hard times. Bloomberg reports, “Three of four women in the U.S. have lived with a partner without being married by the age of 30, an increasing trend that suggests cohabitation is now a regular part of family life in the U.S.” This is an alarming trend that seems to support the belief that people are not willing to make the commitment of marriage in modern day culture.

The writer of Hebrews warns his readers that marriage is to be respected and husbands and wives are to make a commitment to each other. It is becoming more and more likely that couples are living together without the commitment of marriage. God’s plan is for one woman and one man to make a commitment to each other and to not defile their marriage bed by living together without being married or by being intimate with another person other than his or her marriage partner.

Challenge: Keep your marriage bed undefiled by living a pure life that resists the temptations of our world. It may be hard to live by God’s standards, but it is always the best way to live. God blesses those who live according to His Word.

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