Sermon on the Mount Series 15
“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.
Earlier we had looked at the first of Jesus’ Ten Commandment upgrades regarding murder. We learned that in the Old Testament if I did not take a life from another human being, I was not considered to have broken the commandment. However, Jesus tells us that if we so much as call someone a fool or in other words use life sucking words about someone than we have committed murder.
Now we have Jesus’s second upgrade. In the Old Testament as long as I never have sex with another woman I am generally seen as having not broken the adultery commandment. Now Jesus goes to meddling with that simplistic interpretation. He says if you lust you are committing adultery. Consider what that means.
If you look at pornography you have committed adultery. If you fantasize about a woman that is not your spouse, you have committed adultery. Any time that you dehumanize a woman and degrade her even in your mind you have committed adultery.
Again, we come to the concept, you must guard your thoughts. It is easy for our mind to wander to cleavage or short skirts. I hate to even mention it in fear that it will cause some of you to stumble but silence also has it s power. When you find yourself struggling, when temptation is calling out to you. Call out to Jesus.
If the image is on a screen, shut it down, but I know that it is already seared into your brain, so call out to Jesus. Consider this, Jesus loves that woman, purely. Consider this, that is someone’s daughter. If she is a Christian woman, she is God’s daughter. Do you really want to fantasize about the daughter of God? Ask Jesus to help you think purely. Acknowledge that He has made beauty and cherish that beauty. Protect it, do not allow others to degrade her with coarse jokes or comments. Rise up.
Jesus takes this command very seriously as He directs us to pluck eyes, rip off hands in other words to take extreme measures. Do whatever it takes to make your thoughts pure. Seek counsel, find friends who also struggle and confide in them. This is a battle. Be free or be dead in hell.