In preventing an affair magnify the consequences.
Proverbs 6:32 (LB), "The one who commits adultery is an utter fool for he destroys his own soul."
Nothing damages the emotion like sexual sin. That's why GOD put parameters on it. I don't care how much you rationalize it and say "Everybody's doing it". The scars are permanent and you know it. The guilt and fear and shame all the rationalization in the world won't compensate for it. The sense of loss is to everyone.
The reason why I'm being so blatant about this is I can't tell you the number of people over the years in counseling who've said "If I could just turn back the clock...I'd give anything to take back and turn back the clock."
JESUS said it's better for you to loose an eye than for you to loose your soul. He said it's better for you to cut off something, a part of your life, if it's offending you.
Proverbs 6:26 (TEV), "Adultery will cost a man all that he has."
A lot of people today are selling out their lives for a single moment of pleasure. Your sex drive will either make you dynamic or it will destroy you. One or the other. It's your choice.
Many of you are in marriage problems right now and you say, "You don't know how bad they are!" Regardless of how severe your marriage problems are, the cost of saving that marriage is far less than the cost of adultery. The price is not worth it, spiritually, emotionally, physically, what it does to relationships. It's not worth it. GOD says everybody loses.
So you make a commitment to GOD's standard and you magnify the consequences.
Just a thought from the front porch…