The STOP sign is pretty cut and dry. Stop means stop. Failing to stop could result in a ticket or even being smashed by another car. The STOP sign is a non-negotiable. If you take the driving test to get your license and you do not stop at the STOP sign, you fail the driver’s test. Stopping when told to do so is essential. There is no argument. There are no second chances.
There are STOP signs in marriage too. They mean the same thing in marriage as they do on the streets. Here are two big ones: pornography, and infidelity. The bottom line is that you stop: You do not go there. No trial runs. No baby steps. No “just this once.” STOP.
Make it an absolute. Do not cross the line. Do not give in. Pornography and infidelity destroy families and marriages. You are not the exception. Actually, there are no exceptions. These are relationship killers. The sign says “STOP,” and that is exactly what you must do. If you run this sign, the consequences are far more devastating than you could ever imagine. STOP means STOP for a reason. So STOP. Today. Now.
‘Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. ‘ HEBREWS 13:4
1. Culture tells us that pornography is not a “stop sign.” Do you agree or disagree?
2. When Jesus talks about adultery, He takes the sin up a notch and includes lust. Why do you think Jesus put adultery and lust as equals?
3. What are “baby steps” that can lead us to adultery and pornography?
Come up with a plan together to protect your marriage from adultery and pornography.