Posted by Craig Borlase on 15 June 2017

‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
[Matthew 5: 27-30]

There was an upstanding member of a church. He was married and had an affair. “I just don’t know how it happened.” he said to his pastor as they sat quietly in his office.

“I do,” said the church leader. “Have you ever thought about being unfaithful to your wife?” The man thought. Then nodded. “That’s how it happened. It started in your head. You didn’t stop it so eventually your actions followed.”

Yet again we see Jesus getting to the heart of the matter: that sexual immorality isn‘t just about what goes on physically. It's about what goes on mentally.

By telling us not to look at each other as objects that gratify our sexual desire, Jesus is affirming the humanity of everybody. Our appetites do not overrule another person’s rights. As followers of Jesus, our eyes, mind and hearts have to be pure.

Jesus knows it’s not easy. That’s why he calls for the drastic action of verse 29-30. Don’t play with fire, don’t put yourself in places where you are going to be tempted. Turn away from porn. Take affirmative action. It's not a game. Whatever your past sexual experience, choose today for purity – in public and in private.

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