30 Jan


High school chemistry taught me a very valuable lesson: When certain substances come into close contact, they can cause a chemical reaction.  I proved that fact during my senior year of high school, when I dropped a jar full of pure sodium into a river  and nearly blew up a bridge below!

I’ve learned since then that many people don’t respect the laws of chemistry, any more than I did as a teenager.  They mix volatile ingredients without giving much thought to the consequences–just as David did in the sordid account of Bathsheba.  Just the mere sight of her caused him to start a life down a very slippery slope.  It can be that simple.  I’ve discovered that many married people don’t understand that a chemical reaction can occur with someone other than their mates.

Don’t misunderstand–I’m not talking merely about sexual attraction.  I’m referring to a reaction of two hearts, the chemistry of two souls.  This is emotional adultery–an intimacy with the opposite sex outside of marriage.  When two people begin discussing intimate struggles, doubts or feelings, they may be sharing their souls in a way that God intended exclusively for marriage partners.  Emotional adultery is friendship with the opposite sex that progresses too far.  In most cases, adulterous relationships start as casual relationships at work, school, even church.

So guard your heart!

NOTE:  This article came from “Family Life and Marriage Bible” by Dennis and Barbara Rainey.

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