**Please be sure to read all around this passage so that you are getting it in context; and as always, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to the understanding that He would have you see.
Passage: Matthew 5:27-30
On this one I must speak from the perspective of a man. It is almost impossible to avoid finding something attracting your eye to the female form on any given day. Television, newspapers, internet, billboards and sometimes women just walking down the street are advertising sexuality. So, as good Christian men who want to follow the teachings of Jesus, why are we not all blind and missing our eyes? 🙂
We must consider the true principle here and not get stuck on the details. Jesus is making a strong statement to get us to consider not only what is at stake (our eternal salvation) but also what was really meant by the law. First, He gives us the law. Second he expounds on the true depth of the meaning of the law. Then he gives us the over-arching principle of the law, look at verse 5:29…
Mat 5:29 So if your eye—even your good eye—causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
It is as if He is asking us to consider the consequences of what it would mean to go through with the action (lusting) before we allow ourselves to lust (dwell on the thoughts). This is my understanding of the principle of this passage. Jesus understands that we will be faced with the lust problem. We cannot become hermits or truly pluck out our eyes to avoid the possibility of ever lusting. However we can, when faced with the viewing of something that causes lust, consider the consequences of the sin…
- The loss of our eternal souls
- The degradation of a female
- The loss of respect for ourselves
- The understanding of the damage & death caused by the sex trade
- The state of our hearts when we allow our minds to dwell on lustful thoughts & the damage it does to our characters
Other Jewish teachers also looked down on lust; some even went as far as Jesus in regarding it as adultery. The issue is thus not the doctrine of Jesus’ hearers but their heart. The Greek word here is the same as in the opening line of the tenth commandment in the *Septuagint (the Greek version of the Old Testament): “You shall not desire your neighbor’s wife” (Exo_20:17). The tenth commandment, against coveting, forces Jesus’ hearers to internalize Moses’ other commandments.
Remember this verse…
Mat 5:20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!
Know your heart and ask for it to be changed, it is the key to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Dear Father & Teacher
Thank you for being willing not only to send your only Son to die for us and to cover our sins, but also for being willing to teach us Your ways and bring us back into true understanding of the reasons for your law. Help us/me to turn from lust and to turn to you instead. Help us/me to love you more than anything this old dying world has to offer.
Please be with all of the prayer requests listed on the prayer list page. Help each one in Your way. Heal the sick and guide the lost. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help someone today. Please be with them and help them to find Your love in their lives.
Thank you for all that you provide in my life Lord. You are the Great Provider and I truly appreciate everything you give to me. Please keep my family safe and be with my children. Keep us all protected under your wings and away from the Devils wrath.
Thank you Lord for being willing to use me…forgive me of my sins and make in me a new heart so that I can be a light to others.
I love You Lord and I want to come home soon! Amen.