Marital infidelity is one of life’s most traumatic experiences. It not only tears at the seams of your marriage but rips the fabric of your soul. Your spouse promised to love you, to cherish you. Your partner promised before God, family and friends to forsake all others and professed to be with you until, “…Forever do you part.” We make these promises because at the very core of our humanness we need security, love and acceptance.
This is why infidelity is so emotionally, mentally, and spiritually damaging. Junot Diaz, states, “People are always fascinated by infidelity because, in the end–whether we’ve had direct experience or not–there’s part of you that knows there’s absolutely no more piercing betrayal. People are undone by it.”
It erodes all trust, security, identity and causes self-doubt. If your spouse had an affair, you may feel alone, isolated, and unworthy of love. However, you are not alone.
The Bible is filled with story after story about God’s people in the midst of betrayal, idolatry, or running away from God. Spiritual idolatry is unfaithfulness in your relationship to God. It means being captivated or attracted to the things of this world more than God. ‘‘But like a woman faithless to her lover, even so have you been faithless to me, O house of Israel,’ says the LORD” (Jeremiah 3:20).
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