Week 2 of our CONNECT series was a study of Matthew 5:27-30 where Jesus talks about lust. Have you ever wanted something so bad that it consumed you? That one thing becomes your desire and the one thing on your mind. Lust for someone will consume you. Jesus says that lust for someone is the same as committing adultery in your heart with that individual.
1. Adultery is voluntary sex with someone other than your spouse. (v. 27) Why is adultery wrong? Because it is about being unfaithful to your spouse. It is about lying to others and self-satisfaction. It’s prideful and disrespectful to yourself, spouse, and God. It’s going against the very vows you made before God, spouse, and family to remain with your spouse for the remainder of your life.
2. Jesus says lust is the same as adultery. (v. 28) Last week we read that hate is the same as murder. This week we read that lust is the same as adultery. What is lust exactly? Lust is strong feelings of an intense sexual desire with another person. Is it wrong to think someone is really good looking? No, but it is wrong to think someone is so good looking that you begin to imagine yourself with that person in a sexual situation. This is where lust equals adultery.
3. Remove the temptation to remain pure. (v. 29) There are various steps we can take to remove lust from our lives: evaluate your circle of friends, evaluate your choice of music and movies, set up guidelines for internet use, establish buddy system to keep each other accountable, and think clean thoughts. There are also various steps to remove yourself from being an item of lust for others: cover up your body – use more material, get attention from others for pure things, find satisfaction in what God thanks of you – not others, and don’t make others stumble because of the clothes you wear… or don’t wear! Why do we do these things? We do them to help ourselves and others remain pure.
4. One temptation can lead you to destruction. (v. 30) Lust can lead to impure thoughts. Impure thoughts can lead to irrational decisions, Irrational decisions can lead to unthinkable actions. Unthinkable actions will lead to sin, separation from God, and ultimately your destruction.