With repentance of sin, one has to recognize the sin being committed. If one is lying and they seek to repent, they stop lying and begin to tell the truth. When one realizes he is a thief, he repents by paying for items and not stealing. When one is found to be a gossiper he/she seeks to repent and begins to refrain from whispering and being a busybody.
Now what about adultery? How can one repent from such a sin? Is there any difference with the sin of adultery than with the above mentioned sins? If the sins above have been forsaken through repentance, what about adultery? Should that too be forsaken through repentance? The bible is clear on the act of adultery and defines it well:
“Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.” (Luke 16:18 KJV).
The adulterer is committing the sin of adultery by divorcing his wife and marrying another. The adulterer is committing adultery by marrying another who is still “biblically” married. An adulterous affair is also the sin of adultery. Notice the next scripture that binds the marriage covenant while the partner is still alive.
“The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 7:39).
Many false teachers will tickle the ears of the adulterer so as not to offend them or lose that source of income from the parishioner. The false teacher will excuse the adulterers of their sin and permit a remarriage even when the Word of God speaks against it. This will put the adulterer in a bind as he now believes the “consent” of the Pastor pardons his sinful behavior. Sadly for the adulterer, he will certainly find out the harsh reality of the unforsaken sin he continues in. This harsh reality will take place on the judgment day when God will judge the actions of all men.
“But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds” (Romans 2:5-6).
The “deed” of the adulterer is still being committed while in the adulterous affair or in the biblically illegal marriage. So in conclusion, how does one repent of adultery?
They stop committing the act of adultery.