“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.” Matthew 5:27-30
Dear Jesus, In this uncommitted culture I easily remove myself from the law about marriage. I have never committed adultery so I feel smugly righteous. But then, you drive a spear in my heart. You tell me I have committed adultery in my heart more times than I could count. Help me take my thoughts as seriously as you do. Help me fight for a pure heart that refuses to objectivize people. Give me the discipline and love to focus on helping and encouraging others instead of exploiting them in my heart. Make me a grace driven, truth sharing, love showing, saint. I want to help others see your intentions for marriage by the way I hold all marriages sacred, starting with my own. Amen.
Marriage is one of God’s most cherished possessions. Don’t do anything to mess it up.