Sep 9, 2019
Sexual purity is a matter of the heart. Our sexual behavior reflects how much of our heart belongs to Him.
27 “You 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.
By intentionally lusting after someone other than your spouse:
1. You dishonor the image of God in them, and in you.
2. You erode your ability to connect deeply with others.
3. You erode your relationship with God.
Do you see Christ and His Kingdom as the highest, best, and most desirable things you can pursue? Do you believe the life that comes from following Christ is the best life you can know? The more you do, the less you will be attracted to sin.
If you don't see Christ and His Kingdom in this way, but you'd like to, spend some focused time with God this week, meditating on His goodness (Psalm 23). Ask God to help you see Him as He is; to help you set your affections on Him; and to teach your heart to desire Him about all.
The more you do this, the more the allure of sin will fade, and the more you'll find yourself flourishing in Him and living a life that increasingly points those around you to Him.