Sexual Lust

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Jesus Christ continues to show the difference between the Law of Moses and His Commandments.

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:27 & 28 NASB

Under the Law of Moses, adultery was a punishable offense.  Under Christ’s Commandments, the thought of sexual desire for someone outside of marriage is sin.

The Law of Moses dealt with overt actions, things we do.  Christ’s Commandments start with our thinking.  Christ’s Commandments first warn us when our thinking is out of line with the Spiritual Life. 

Our best defense against wrong thinking is to resist by relying on the promises of God. 

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7 NASB

If we fail to resist the wrong thinking, we may become involved in overt sins.

If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell. Matthew 5:29 & 30 NASB

Here, the initial thought of sexual lust has grown.  The thought has turned into leering, and even masturbation.  Jesus is not suggesting we perform self-mutilation.  He is telling us how important it is to put away sexual sins from our thinking.

God is working to perfect us in His image.  Christ is warning us that failure to overcome an area of sin may result in the eternal condemnation.

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