Words from the Heart for Thursday April 30th, 2020
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.
Matthew 5:27-28 (NIV)
Adultery in the Heart
Until two decades ago a betrayed spouse could sue a cheating mate and his or her paramour. Even where husband and wife were separated by mutual agreement and no longer living under the same roof when the extramarital sex occurred, Canadian courts sometimes ordered the offending spouse and lover to pay damages. Some judges even increased the damages award where the spouse had a live-in boyfriend or girlfriend, because he or she, as one judge put it, had “deprived the couple of whatever chance there might be of reconciliation.”
We live in a sexualized society. And it isn’t getting any easier. Satan knows that men in particular are tempted visually. So he makes sin look beautiful. This is particularly so when it comes to sexual things. And it isn’t just men. The fastest growing demographic using pornography is women. What we don’t see is the end result of sin – broken marriages and broken families, sexually transmitted diseases, and ultimately death. Jesus calls us to purity in action, but more than that, recognizing that sin begins in the heart, He calls us to purity in heart. In Matthew 5:27-28 Jesus says, “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 we are going to live a life of purity, if we are going to live a life that avoids sin, we need to guard our heart. We need to draw so close to Jesus every day that the temptations of the world have little effect on us. And we need to pray that we will see others through the eyes of Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.