This...is what adultery looks like.
Last week I pointed out where Jesus called us all murderers… so you should know what’s coming next: Raise your hand if you have ever cheated on your spouse. Okay hands down. Now, I am willing to bet that those of you who didn’t raise your hand….have cheated on your spouse. My Pastor gave a really good sermon on this topic. Rather than recounting his sermon (you can listen to it here)…I am going to focus on a certain aspect of the sermon.
7th commandment…You shall not commit adultery.
After you have digested that statement for a moment read Matthew 5:27 – 28.
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.
After you pick your jaw up off the floor, consider this:
When most people think of adultery they are thinking of the actual physical act of being sexually intimate with someone other than their spouse. To limit adultery to such an act would be to fail to recognize what adultery is in God’s eyes. Yes, according to God… looking at a person of the opposite sex with lust is adultery.
Many atheist and agnostics will harp on the fact that there are a number of Christians who do in fact commit adultery on their spouses to try to disprove the God revealed in the Bible. Except when they talk about it they are talking about it in the physical sense. The truth is that a super majority (if not all) commit adultery on their spouses according to the standard of God. This is nothing to be boastful about… and it certainly is not my intent. But even still, the failures of His followers do not in any way discredit the claims of Christ.
We cannot limit our view of adultery to the physical act. Adultery must be viewed as both the physical act and the act committed in your heart when you lust. But through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit there is hope and forgiveness and help to follow God’s standard more closely.
Paul summarizes it this way in Galatians 5: So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whateveryou want.
Job 31 says:
1 “I made a covenant with my eyes
not to look lustfully at a young woman.
2 For what is our lot from God above,
our heritage from the Almighty on high?
3 Is it not ruin for the wicked,
disaster for those who do wrong?
4 Does he not see my ways
and count my every step?