3 Things You Need to Know about the Devastating Impact of an Affair

Is there life after an affair? As devastating and destructive as an affair can be, there is still hope for restoration and reconciliation. If you are someone that the sin of adultery has been committed against you by your spouse, I would agree that biblically, you have grounds for divorce. However, I would remind you that there are also grounds for forgiveness. I understand that is much easier to say than to experience. If you are someone who has committed adultery and the sin is upon you, I would remind you that God knows well how to restore what has been broken and shattered by sinful and selfish decisions.

In Psalm 51, the sins of adultery and murder had finally caught up with King David because the prophet Nathan boldly confronted him. David convinced himself that he could hide his sin. Don’t we do the same? Like David, we convince ourselves that we can manage our sinful decisions. Yet sin always has a way of catching up to us and delivering its price tag. In David’s case, he paid a hefty price. All the while, David was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). When he hit the lowest place of his life, he clung to the Lord.  

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me.” Psalm 51:1-3

According to the Mosaic Law, David had no chance at forgiveness. David sinned intentionally with a high hand for he understood full well what he was doing. Atoning sacrifices were only for unintentional sins (Hebrews 9:7). No sacrifices were available to forgive David’s sins. This is why he wrote, 

“For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” – Psalm 51:16-17 

David looked beyond the Mosaic Law to the steadfast love of the Lord. Friends, you can as well. Whether you have been sinned against or you are the one who has committed the sin, there is hope in the steadfast love of God.

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Chad Roberts is the founder and lead pastor of Preaching Christ Church. He is the author and Bible teacher for Awakened to Grace. He has authored Calling on the Name of the Lord, Awakened to Grace, and He’s in the Waiting. He has traveled through forty countries, sharing the Gospel, and training leaders. When the unexpected storm of blindness slammed into Chad’s life in 2018, he had a decision to make. He could resign to the life of disability or he could go forward trusting God with the unknown. He could not have continued on without the support of his amazing wife of over fifteen years, Sadie. Their four children, Piper, Emmy, Hudson, and John Mark, are their greatest joys. They live just outside the Great Smoky Mountains in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Chad’s pastoral career has not been defined by blindness. Rather, it is his clear, biblical teaching that continues to grow an audience. He has traveled through forty nations, training pastors and strengthening churches.

Today, Chad teaches people to trust a God they cannot see. His days are filled with the things he loves most: leading, speaking, writing, and of course, coffee! He is a spiritual content creator. By God’s grace, he is emerging as a trusted spiritual voice in people’s lives. Chad may have blindness, but blindness does not have him.

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