You have heard that it was said, "You shall not commit adultery." But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already commited adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna. Matt.5:27-30.  

Jesus again confronts the sincerity of our hearts. If we look at, and lust in our hearts, adultery is committed. As lust is defined it is an intense or unrestrained craving; an overwhelming or obsessive desire. 

In a heart that is unrestrained toward sin, where is it's capacity to love? If we are overwhelmed with fleshly desires, how can we serve God?

Why not take these intense, unrestrained cravings, these overwhelming obsessive desires and use them in a righteous way and not a sinful way.

An unrestrained love for God, His Word and His holy Church. An overwhelming desire to serve others in love. An obsessive craving to tell others about what Jesus Christ has done in our heart, life and family.

God does not wink at adultery. Adultery is a division of the heart. You cannot serve two masters, you will hate one and love the other(6:24). This is true in the spiritual as well as the physical realm. Look at some of the Old Testament scriptures that refer to Israel's relationship with God as adulterous.

Whatever causes you to sin, tear it out, cut it off. It may be hard to do but, the benefits are much greater when you do. Besides, Jesus is there to help in all our struggles, and to overcome them with us.

Much of the immorality within the church can be directly related to a casual attitude toward sexual sin.

 Could it be that our influence as the church on society, can be directly related to our casual attitude toward God?


4 Responses

  1. “…casual attitude toward God” This is something I think about before and during prayer. On one hand it is difficult for me not to have a casual attitude toward God when I think of Him as a friend. On the other hand, when I think about Him as the Creator of the universe and the Alpha and Omega, there is no way I can have a casual attitude about Him. I’m conflicted. maybe I am not understanding your usage of causal. I have come to the conclusions that He alone is worthy and He alone is awesome. I now am training myself to add the word ‘awesome’ to the list of “Reserved for God” words.

  2. By casual I mean showing little interest,or not taking seriously. I don’t think we always have to be “formal” with God, particularly in our private prayers. My point was, if we treat sexual sin nonchalantly in the church, wouldn’t it stand to reason, the church treats God nonchalantly.

  3. I agree with that.

  4. adultery is the shizz man. i cant go a day without kickin it with my pimps and hoes

    Jacinta, thank you for such an enlightening comment. But there will come a day when you will have to go without ” kickin it with my pimps and hoes”. Sorry to be the bearer of that bad news for you.

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