Matthew 5.27-30 cont.
27 You have heard that it was said that: You shall not commit adultery”.
28 However, I tell that everyone looking at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
29 but if you right eye causes you to sin, take it out, and throw it away from you. It is better for you that one of your body parts should be destroyed rather than your whole body should be cast into hell.
30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away from you. It is better for you that one of your body parts should be destroyed rather than your whole body should go into hell.
We can see from the words of Jesus how serious is the matter of adultery.
In today’s society it seems as though adultery is almost accepted. It is viewed by many to be all right so long as nobody gets hurt. Often those who commit adultery will utter the words: “We didn’t mean to hurt anyone”.
If there is one guarantee about adultery it is that it is inevitable that others will get hurt. Spouses will get hurt, children will be damaged and given an evil example; extended families will be torn apart.
These things will always accompany adultery: grief, heartache, trauma, the destruction of trust, even ill health may result when a spouse is rejected in favour of another man or woman. There are many other negative emotions that are ignited where there is adultery.
God never planned for us to have adulterous relationships, and He knows that adultery will always lead to destruction and a breakdown of the basic family unit in which children can be raised in a loving, peaceful, and secure relationship.
As we have already seen Jesus also said that even to look at a woman with lustful intentions is to already have committed the act of adultery. On this basis, perhaps there is no one who is clear of adultery; because we have all probably had a lingering look at someone of the opposite sex.
The American evangelist, Billy Graham, once said that no one can avoid the first look at someone else, but we can avoid the second look. This is sound advice, because by avoiding a second look we lessen the risk of lusting after someone else.
Every one of us has to deal with the temptation to take the second look, and this is enforced by the revealing way in which some females dress. This can be a trap to ensnare men.
It is generally assumed that unwholesome thoughts of a sexual nature are harmless, but that is a lie of the devil. The truth is that such thoughts mean that we have already committed adultery in our heart.