58. Does God only forbid adultery in the seventh commandment?
God commands us to keep our bodies and souls pure as the temple of the Holy Spirit. He forbids all impure deeds, gestures, words, thoughts, desires and anything that could stimulate people to commit these.
- Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)
In the seventh commandment, God not only forbids the act of adultery, but also its origin – impurity. Adultery is only the last link in the chain. Impure thoughts, images of our soul, gestures, words, and deeds follow from impure desires. Therefore:
- Avoid bad beginnings! For the sake of your temporal and eternal joy, avoid any company that conducts ambiguous and filthy speech; avoid sexual representations in literature and films (pornography).
- Avoid places, people and groups that want to draw you there!
- Avoid anything that is shameless!
- Be careful in the choice of career and job, including the choice of friends. “Tell me with whom you keep company, and I’ll tell you who you are.”
- Do not play with the opposite sex through premature and non-binding love affairs. Rather, be polite, chivalrous and respectful.
- Behave in such a way that you can look your parents in the eye with a clear conscience.
- Never forget that your mother was also a young woman.
- Stay with your family and God’s church.
- Do not let yourself be tempted to sin by seductive offers!
- Be careful how you dress. Act responsibly.
- Above all, remember you are Jesus’ property; seek to please Him and love Him with all your heart. He can save you and keep you.