Matthew 5:27–30 (ESV)
have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If
your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and
throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
Many guys fall short on being able to say that they do not commit adultery. But there are a lot of guys who are adamant that
they have never cheated on their wife… that they have not committed adultery. Well, Jesus takes adultery to a whole new level. Jesus says that “everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her
in his heart.” Wow! Guys… let’s get real! I am a pastor and I don’t know if anyone can claim that they have not committed adultery. I often have joked that when Baywatch comes on TV, I have fallen short even
before I grab the remote control and change the channel. So… should we still grab the remote control? Sure. We don’t need to contaminate our minds with this junk. But don’t kill yourself over it. We are saved
by faith, not by how “sinless” we are. Jesus forgives those who repent. We do need to repent, and we live by His forgiveness. The Lutheran Study Bible states:
Hyperbole, though such a punishment was known (Jos, Life,
169). Jesus used strong and exaggerated language to emphasize the seriousness of sexual sins. Such sins (and other abuses) wreak havoc with personal relationships.
I pray: O Lord, help
me in my daily life to fight against sexual sins instead of feeding them. When I do fall, help me to repent and to resist the urges. Help me to keep my eyes and mind focused on you. Amen.