“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2
It seems that far too often when a spouse becomes close to a member of the opposite sex, other than their spouse, it begins to place them on a slippery slope. In our years of counseling we have seen the results of what occurs when it was initially shared to a spouse, “We are just friends, that’s all.” An adulterous affair, whether it be physical or emotional, begins with allowing a friendship to be inappropriate. These friendships will grow an emotional attachment with people of the opposite sex. When this begins to grow it can spell danger and sometimes disaster for a marriage.
Here are three things to Avoid…Beware of the following:
Beware of private communications and intimate conversations with people of the opposite sex: The only person to share an intimate conversation with is your spouse, no one else. Communication between a husband and wife is crucial. If you feel it necessary to discuss private, personal matters about your relationship with your spouse to someone other than your spouse, especially a member of the opposite sex, then you are emotionally connecting with them instead of your spouse. By doing this, you are purposely causing the relationship with your spouse to atrophy. Which leads to the next one.
Beware of workmates who seem too concerned with your personal private life: Those are the ones that tell you “let me know if you need anything.” They are more interested in having you focus on them and relying on them instead of your spouse. These are dangerous people. They shroud themselves with the cloak of being a “good friend” and “one that will always be there for you.” The key things to remember is just that, your personal private life is that-personal and private.
Beware of those that give you exaggerated and suggestive compliments about the way you look: Regardless of what is happening in your marriage don’t give the Devil a foothold in your marriage by falling victim to this trap. Let your workmates know there are things you won’t tolerate. Suggestive comments are a pathway to flirting and there is no such thing as “harmless flirting” between members of the opposite sex. It is especially harmful to have spouses engage in this activity outside of their marriage.
Remember this, keep a healthy physical, social and emotional distance between you and people of the opposite sex. This is a safeguard for your marriage. If necessary, seek marriage counseling to avoid these pitfalls in your marriage.
Again, adulterous affairs do not just happen overnight. They are a slow and deliberate process that involves the choice of both individuals.
Stay connected emotionally, physically and spiritually to the one God has ordained for you…your spouse!
Joe & Kerry