In Matthew 5.27-30 Jesus discusses the 7th commandment: do not commit adultery. He explains that the true fulfillment of this law is seeing that it also addresses the lust that lurks in our hearts. This last Sunday we saw that Jesus once again spoke about the reality of lust, and then explained the replacement of lust: fighting against it. Jesus uses drastic language that equates fighting against lust with plucking out an eye or cutting off a hand. This figure of speech gives us 4 things to remember as we fight against lust:
- Remember the seriousness of lust. Lust, like all sin, is worthy of God’s judgement. It is worth fighting against it.
- Choose the right target. We need to cut off that which feeds our lust.
- Be ready for a painful fight. Having safeguards against lust may sometimes be painful. We may even be mocked by others. Don’t expect it to be easy!
- Trust that purity is better. Jesus reminds us repeatedly that fighting lust “is better.” The blessings of a godly life always outweigh the fleeting pleasures of sin.
Here are the discussion questions that were in Sunday’s bulletin: Matt. 5.27-30 Notes.
-Pastor Nathan Hogan