|Matthew 5:27-28 |
27 You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.'
28 But I say to you that whoever looks on a woman with lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.4 [From the Word of the Lord within: "A man must learn control of his body. Mankind's failure—sexual immorality."]
4 whoever looks on a woman with lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. Gentle reader, Christ came and strengthened the law, making it even harder to be obedient than before he came. He changed an "eye for an eye", to "turn the other cheek; love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you, and persecute you." He made adultery, not just the act, but the thought in the heart. He made murder, not just the act, but the anger and hate in your heart. He told us not to repay injury or insult. He told us that restraint of sin was not enough, but that we were defiled by what was in our hearts; so our hearts must be cleansed of the desire or inclination to sin. He told us that: unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Mat 5:20. Notice, just after he tells us that looking at a woman with lust for her is committing adultery with her in our hearts, he then tells us if our right eye offends us to pluck it out. This is how serious sexual lust is.
Now Jesus is fair. He would not have increased these commands on us, unless there was a way to obey them. The way is to go to him, wait and watch silently, listen for him, hear him, and obey him — repentance — the inward cross of self-denial. Your souls are purified in obeying the truth, through the spirit. 1 Pet 1:22. Listen to and obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk completely in the ways that I command you. Jer 7:23. He [Jesus] became the author and source of eternal salvation to all those who heed and obey him. Heb 5:9