The Seventh Commandment – Don’t Commit Adultery

hibiscus“You shall not commit adultery.”

Exodus 20:14, NIV

Here is another commandment that many people rank very low on their temptation list. Others know the pain of adultery all too well.

Jesus expanded the view of adultery. He said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28, NIV

Faithfulness in Marriage

Do you live in a faithful marriage? What is your secret? How do you maintain the passion in your marriage? How do you make decisions as a couple about your sex life? What insights can your share through your writing?

Do you know someone else who has a faithful marriage? Can you profile their marriage?

Have you ever faced infidelity? What happened to your marriage? Did it survive? Did it fail?

How can you share your story and/or insights through a personal experience piece? What how-to guidance can you offer?

Purity in Singleness

God calls us to remain faithful to our spouses. He also calls singles to remain pure until marriage. What can you write to inspire singles to live pure lives? How can you share the biblical view of sex? What insights can you share with young singles? What insights can you share with older singles? How does your audience affect your writing – never-marrieds vs. someone who’s divorced or widowed?

A Sex-Filled Society

Adultery isn’t as simple as an extramarital relationship. Sex is thrown in our face every day. There’s pornography, including what’s online, clubs, and even things as simple as suggestive commercials. Then, there are films and TV shows that promote unbiblical lifestyles. One of the best-selling books in the last year focuses on sex.

What can you write to help your readers withstand the temptation? What leads to lust? How do people feed lust? How can you help your readers think pure thoughts and turn away from lust? How can you address these issues in an honest way?

As a writer, you can bring God’s point of view into a world that often ignores Him. Think of personal stories you can tell. Share insights to guide your readers through a how-to piece. Write out your pain of betrayal – or the joy of a loving marriage – in your poetry. Use your insights in your fiction. Write for teens and young adults. Help your readers understand how to live a pure life. Use this commandment in your writing.

© Deborah Christensen

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Posted on July 2, 2013, in 10 Commandments, Bible, fiction, inspiration, love, marriage, nonfiction, poetry, romance, singleness, writer's life, writing, writing ideas, writing prompt and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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