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God, Christ, Church, Marriage and the Holy Spirit

God’s relationship with His people was portrayed as a marriage (Jeremiah 3:14 Jeremiah 3:14Turn, O backsliding children, said the LORD; for I am married to you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
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; Ezekiel 16:1-63 Ezekiel 16:1-63 [1] Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, [2] Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations, [3] And say, Thus said the Lord GOD to Jerusalem; Your birth and your nativity is of the land of Canaan; your father was an Amorite, and your mother an Hittite. [4] And as for your nativity, in the day you were born your navel was not cut, neither were you washed in water to supple you; you were not salted at all, nor swaddled at all. [5] None eye pitied you, to do any of these to you, to have compassion on you; but you were cast out in the open field, to the loathing of your person, in the day that you were born. [6] And when I passed by you, and saw you polluted in your own blood, I said to you when you were in your blood, Live; yes, I said to you when you were in your blood, Live. [7] I have caused you to multiply as the bud of the field, and you have increased and waxen great, and you are come to excellent ornaments: your breasts are fashioned, and your hair is grown, whereas you were naked and bore. [8] Now when I passed by you, and looked on you, behold, your time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over you, and covered your nakedness: yes, I swore to you, and entered into a covenant with you, said the Lord GOD, and you became mine. [9] Then washed I you with water; yes, I thoroughly washed away your blood from you, and I anointed you with oil. [10] I clothed you also with broidered work, and shod you with badgers' skin, and I girded you about with fine linen, and I covered you with silk. [11] I decked you also with ornaments, and I put bracelets on your hands, and a chain on your neck. [12] And I put a jewel on your forehead, and earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head. [13] Thus were you decked with gold and silver; and your raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; you did eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and you were exceeding beautiful, and you did prosper into a kingdom. [14] And your renown went forth among the heathen for your beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put on you, said the Lord GOD. [15] But you did trust in your own beauty, and played the harlot because of your renown, and poured out your fornications on every one that passed by; his it was. [16] And of your garments you did take, and decked your high places with divers colors, and played the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so. [17] You have also taken your fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given you, and made to yourself images of men, and did commit prostitution with them, [18] And took your broidered garments, and covered them: and you have set my oil and my incense before them. [19] My meat also which I gave you, fine flour, and oil, and honey, with which I fed you, you have even set it before them for a sweet smell: and thus it was, said the Lord GOD. [20] Moreover you have taken your sons and your daughters, whom you have borne to me, and these have you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Is this of your prostitutions a small matter, [21] That you have slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them? [22] And in all your abominations and your prostitutions you have not remembered the days of your youth, when you were naked and bore, and were polluted in your blood. [23] And it came to pass after all your wickedness, (woe, woe to you! said the LORD GOD;) [24] That you have also built to you an eminent place, and have made you an high place in every street. [25] You have built your high place at every head of the way, and have made your beauty to be abhorred, and have opened your feet to every one that passed by, and multiplied your prostitutions. [26] You have also committed fornication with the Egyptians your neighbors, great of flesh; and have increased your prostitutions, to provoke me to anger. [27] Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over you, and have diminished your ordinary food, and delivered you to the will of them that hate you, the daughters of the Philistines, which are ashamed of your lewd way. [28] You have played the whore also with the Assyrians, because you were insatiable; yes, you have played the harlot with them, and yet could not be satisfied. [29] You have moreover multiplied your fornication in the land of Canaan to Chaldea; and yet you were not satisfied therewith. [30] How weak is your heart, said the LORD GOD, seeing you do all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman; [31] In that you build your eminent place in the head of every way, and make your high place in every street; and have not been as an harlot, in that you scorn hire; [32] But as a wife that commits adultery, which takes strangers instead of her husband! [33] They give gifts to all whores: but you give your gifts to all your lovers, and hire them, that they may come to you on every side for your prostitution. [34] And the contrary is in you from other women in your prostitutions, whereas none follows you to commit prostitutions: and in that you give a reward, and no reward is given to you, therefore you are contrary. [35] Why, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD: [36] Thus said the Lord GOD; Because your filthiness was poured out, and your nakedness discovered through your prostitutions with your lovers, and with all the idols of your abominations, and by the blood of your children, which you did give to them; [37] Behold, therefore I will gather all your lovers, with whom you have taken pleasure, and all them that you have loved, with all them that you have hated; I will even gather them round about against you, and will discover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness. [38] And I will judge you, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give you blood in fury and jealousy. [39] And I will also give you into their hand, and they shall throw down your eminent place, and shall break down your high places: they shall strip you also of your clothes, and shall take your fair jewels, and leave you naked and bore. [40] They shall also bring up a company against you, and they shall stone you with stones, and thrust you through with their swords. [41] And they shall burn your houses with fire, and execute judgments on you in the sight of many women: and I will cause you to cease from playing the harlot, and you also shall give no hire any more. [42] So will I make my fury toward you to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from you, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry. [43] Because you have not remembered the days of your youth, but have fretted me in all these things; behold, therefore I also will recompense your way on your head, said the Lord GOD: and you shall not commit this lewdness above all your abominations. [44] Behold, every one that uses proverbs shall use this proverb against you, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter. [45] You are your mother's daughter, that lothes her husband and her children; and you are the sister of your sisters, which loathed their husbands and their children: your mother was an Hittite, and your father an Amorite. [46] And your elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at your left hand: and your younger sister, that dwells at your right hand, is Sodom and her daughters. [47] Yet have you not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: but, as if that were a very little thing, you were corrupted more than they in all your ways. [48] As I live, said the Lord GOD, Sodom your sister has not done, she nor her daughters, as you have done, you and your daughters. [49] Behold, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. [50] And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. [51] Neither has Samaria committed half of your sins; but you have multiplied your abominations more than they, and have justified your sisters in all your abominations which you have done. [52] You also, which have judged your sisters, bear your own shame for your sins that you have committed more abominable than they: they are more righteous than you: yes, be you confounded also, and bear your shame, in that you have justified your sisters. [53] When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then will I bring again the captivity of your captives in the middle of them: [54] That you may bear your own shame, and may be confounded in all that you have done, in that you are a comfort to them. [55] When your sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then you and your daughters shall return to your former estate. [56] For your sister Sodom was not mentioned by your mouth in the day of your pride, [57] Before your wickedness was discovered, as at the time of your reproach of the daughters of Syria, and all that are round about her, the daughters of the Philistines, which despise you round about. [58] You have borne your lewdness and your abominations, said the LORD. [59] For thus said the Lord GOD; I will even deal with you as you have done, which have despised the oath in breaking the covenant. [60] Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish to you an everlasting covenant. [61] Then you shall remember your ways, and be ashamed, when you shall receive your sisters, your elder and your younger: and I will give them to you for daughters, but not by your covenant. [62] And I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall know that I am the LORD: [63] That you may remember, and be confounded, and never open your mouth any more because of your shame, when I am pacified toward you for all that you have done, said the Lord GOD.
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). The relationship between Christ and the Church is also portrayed as a marriage (Ephesians 5:23-32 Ephesians 5:23-32 [23] For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. [24] Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. [25] Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; [26] That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, [27] That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. [28] So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself. [29] For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church: [30] For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. [31] For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. [32] This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
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; Revelation 19:7-9 Revelation 19:7-9 [7] Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready. [8] And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. [9] And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they which are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true sayings of God.
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). And when Israel—whom God referred to as His wife—turned to false gods, God called it “commi[ting] adultery” and “play[ing] the harlot” (Jeremiah 3:1-9 Jeremiah 3:1-9 [1] They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return to her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but you have played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, said the LORD. [2] Lift up your eyes to the high places, and see where you have not been lien with. In the ways have you sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and you have polluted the land with your prostitutions and with your wickedness. [3] Therefore the showers have been withheld, and there has been no latter rain; and you had a whore's forehead, you refused to be ashamed. [4] Will you not from this time cry to me, My father, you are the guide of my youth? [5] Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, you have spoken and done evil things as you could. [6] The LORD said also to me in the days of Josiah the king, Have you seen that which backsliding Israel has done? she is gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there has played the harlot. [7] And I said after she had done all these things, Turn you to me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. [8] And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. [9] And it came to pass through the lightness of her prostitution, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.
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). Idolatry is spiritual adultery.

The more we understand the relationship of the Church with Christ, the better we understand what our marriages should be like. 

These and similar scriptures emphasize the importance and sanctity of the marriage relationship in God’s eyes. And since marriage is intended to illustrate our relationship with Jesus Christ, every kind of sexual sin can be viewed as a shameful sacrilege against God. The marriage of a godly man with a godly woman helps them to understand their relationship with God and Christ and helps them to grow spiritually. Likewise, the more we understand the relationship of the Church with Christ, the better we understand what our marriages should be like.

And if both a husband and wife are Christians, they are spiritual partners who help one another stay strong, grow spiritually and to better serve the Church and other people. A husband and wife who both have the Holy Spirit have a monumental advantage—they are truly like-minded with each other and with God as both of them have the “eyes” and “ears” of spiritual understanding and outlook (Matthew 13:16-17 Matthew 13:16-17 [16] But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. [17] For truly I say to you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them.
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). And the fruits of the Holy Spirit they build—love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23 Galatians 5:22-23 [22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
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)—are exactly the virtues needed for a good marriage!

The more ways that a husband and wife are compatible, the easier it is for them to have a harmonious marriage, and by far the most important way to be compatible is spiritual like-mindedness. This is mentioned in numerous Old Testament scriptures and in two New Testament verses. Speaking of a single or widowed woman, Paul wrote that “she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 7:39 1 Corinthians 7:39The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.
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; see also 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 [14] Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness? [15] And what concord has Christ with Belial? or what part has he that believes with an infidel? [16] And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [17] Why come out from among them, and be you separate, said the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. [18] And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty.
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). Spiritual like-mindedness has huge practical advantages. When you are “agreed” on biblical issues, you can “walk together” and strengthen one another (Amos 3:3 Amos 3:3Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
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). You agree on what Holy Days to observe, what to teach the children, etc.

If you already are married to someone who doesn’t share your religious convictions, God still wants you to be a devoted, loving spouse and a humble “light” to your mate (see 1 Corinthians 7:12-17 1 Corinthians 7:12-17 [12] But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother has a wife that believes not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. [13] And the woman which has an husband that believes not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. [14] For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. [15] But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God has called us to peace. [16] For what know you, O wife, whether you shall save your husband? or how know you, O man, whether you shall save your wife? [17] But as God has distributed to every man, as the Lord has called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.
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; 1 Peter 3:1-2 1 Peter 3:1-2 [1] Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; [2] While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
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, 7; Matthew 5:14-16 Matthew 5:14-16 [14] You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. [15] Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all that are in the house. [16] Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
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The Seventh Commandment

In Genesis 2:24 Genesis 2:24Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall join to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
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, “cleave” means a permanent and exclusive relationship between the husband and wife. There should never be any sharing of sex, intimacies, romance or flirtations with anyone else. And any of those infidelities are temptations to other forms of cheating.

The consequences of immorality are self-destructive, destructive to others and inevitable.

Sexual attraction is powerful, and any type of power can be used for good or evil. Sexual relations are a powerful blessing within marriage, but sexual relations outside of marriage are a powerful evil. Satan despises marriage and wants to destroy humanity with a culture that is increasingly immoral, immodest, indecent and obsessed with sex. People “call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20 Isaiah 5:20Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
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). Romans 1:18-32 Romans 1:18-32 [18] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; [19] Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has showed it to them. [20] For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: [21] Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. [22] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, [23] And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. [24] Why God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: [25] Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. [26] For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: [27] And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. [28] And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; [29] Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, [30] Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, [31] Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: [32] Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
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explains how one sin leads to another and to evermore perverse sins.

The consequences of immorality are self-destructive, destructive to others and inevitable (see Proverbs 6:26-33 Proverbs 6:26-33 [26] For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. [27] Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? [28] Can one go on hot coals, and his feet not be burned? [29] So he that goes in to his neighbor's wife; whoever touches her shall not be innocent. [30] Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; [31] But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. [32] But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding: he that does it destroys his own soul. [33] A wound and dishonor shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
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). Think of the divorces, broken families, diseases, violence, crimes, mental problems, suicides, ruined reputations and financial losses that can be a result. And if a person does not deeply repent of those sexual sins, he “will not inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 [9] Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, [10] Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
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As stated in Part 1, the Seventh Commandment forbids more than extra-marital sex (a sin against one’s present spouse). The spirit of the law behind this commandment includes prohibitions against premarital sex (fornication, a sin against one’s future spouse), homosexual sex, incest, prostitution, bestiality and other forbidden relationships. As explained before, Jesus Christ made it clear that even mental sexual lusting is a grave sin (Matthew 5:27-30 Matthew 5:27-30 [27] You have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall not commit adultery: [28] But I say to you, That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. [29] And if your right eye offend you, pluck it out, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell. [30] And if your right hand offend you, cut it off, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell.
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By implication, the Seventh Commandment forbids immoral interactions made possible by modern technology, such as pornography and cybersex. All of these sins are tragic and terrible transgressions against God.

Homosexuality and homosexual sin

Both the New Testament and the Old Testament make it clear that homosexual sexual relations are a sin. See Romans 1:26-27 Romans 1:26-27 [26] For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: [27] And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
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, 1 Corinthians 6:9 1 Corinthians 6:9Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
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and 1 Timothy 1:10 1 Timothy 1:10For fornicators, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for enslavers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
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. The main problem with the legalization of homosexual marriage is not the wedding ceremony. It is the fact that it officially condones a forbidden sexual relationship, just as heterosexual marriage officially condones a sexual relationship that God encourages. God forbids all heterosexual and homosexual sexual relations except the sexual relationship between a man and woman married to each other. For a thorough biblical explanation of this subject, please read “Homosexuality and Same Sex Attraction (SSA)” at: ucg.org/beyond-today/blogs/breaking-free/homosexuality-and-same-sex-attraction-ssa.

The awful consequences of immorality

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament have many warnings against immorality. In the book of Proverbs, it’s significant that much space in the first nine chapters is devoted to warning about the temptations and foolishness of sexual sin.

Sexual sins are unique in that they are especially destructive to the minds and hearts of the persons committing them. (And they often are physically destructive, such as when they result in an STD—a sexually transmitted disease—or a violent conflict.)

1 Corinthians 6:18 1 Corinthians 6:18Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body.
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(New Living Translation) says: “Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.” In this context, “body” includes one’s mind and heart. Paul is quoting from Proverbs 6:32 Proverbs 6:32But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding: he that does it destroys his own soul.
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: “But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys himself” (NLT).

People usually try to keep their sins secret, but they often get exposed. “Be sure your sin will find you out” is the warning in Numbers 32:23 Numbers 32:23But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.
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. And regardless of how well someone hides a sin from other peo ple, remember that God sees everything. “God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad” (Ecclesiastes 12:14 Ecclesiastes 12:14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
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, NLT).

There are many excellent articles covering aspects of sexual morality and teaching our children about God’s perspectives on sex, morality and modesty provided on the ucg.org website. Articles covering sexual addictions and relationship issues are also covered on the Breaking Free blog, which can be found at ucg.org/blogs/breaking-free.

Preparing for Something Greater

It is common for people to worry that they are missing out on sexual pleasures and therefore are tempted to make very bad decisions to get some of those pleasures. But Christians are focused on preparing for something greater. God is offering us the opportunity to have a joyful and glorious life—everlasting life—in the Kingdom of God!

In God’s “right hand are pleasures forevermore!” (Psalms 16:11 Psalms 16:11You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for ever more.
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). In God’s Kingdom, you will never miss any of the pleasures you experienced and did not experience in your previous life, and you will never regret any of the sacrifices you made to be in God’s Kingdom!

Lastly, let’s always remember that God is extremely merciful. No matter what sins a person has committed, when God sees that he or she has sincerely and deeply repented, He will always forgive (Psalms 103:8 Psalms 103:8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
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; Ezekiel 18:30-32 Ezekiel 18:30-32 [30] Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, said the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. [31] Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will you die, O house of Israel? [32] For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dies, said the Lord GOD: why turn yourselves, and live you.
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; 1 John 1:9 1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
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). True repentance includes both godly sorrow and a determination to “go and sin no more” (2 Corinthians 7:9-10 2 Corinthians 7:9-10 [9] Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you sorrowed to repentance: for you were made sorry after a godly manner, that you might receive damage by us in nothing. [10] For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death.
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; John 8:11 John 8:11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I condemn you: go, and sin no more.
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). Then God promises: “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18 Isaiah 1:18Come now, and let us reason together, said the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
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God wants you in His Kingdom, and Jesus Christ wants you to be part of His Bride! 

This article is part of a series. To read other articles that focus on the Ten Commandments in this series please go to the following website: www.ucg.org/tags/the-ten-commandments-series.

Following are links to articles I wrote for the United News and a sermon to teach about God’s perspectives about sex, morality and modesty, to enable appreciation for the differences between males and females and to advise parents about their critical responsibilities for teaching their children. These more in-depth articles cover topics addressed in the article above.

Good Sex, Bad Sex
www.ucg.org/members/united-news/good-sex-bad-sex 

Heart-to-Heart Talk With Men and Teen Boys
www.ucg.org/united-news/heart-to-heart-talk-with-men-and-teen-boys  

Heart-to-Heart Talk With Women and Teen Girls
www.ucg.org/united-news/heart-to-heart-talk-with-women-and-teen-girls 

Teach Your Children Godly Morals and Modesty
www.ucg.org/united-news/teach-your-children-godly-morals-and-modesty

The Many Enticements to Promiscuity
www.ucg.org/beyond-today/blogs/breaking-free/the-many-enticements-to-promiscuity

How to Prepare for Your Future Marriage
www.ucg.org/sermons/how-to-prepare-for-your-future-marriage

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