HOST: Michael Whitworth
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Adultery begins in the heart. The point of this and most of what Jesus says in this part of the Sermon on the Mount is that sin of any kind finds its origins in the heart and mind. Before we do the act, we think the thought and have the desire. The real lesson to be learned from Jesus’ teaching here is that, if we desire to keep our lives and bodies pure from sin, we must first harness our eyes, minds, and hearts. The body will not go where the eyes and mind do not lead. We cannot allow our minds and eyes to wander into the territory of sin, and then expect our actions to stay close to God. Having a heart that is pure and fully committed to God is the first and best defense that we have against temptation and sin. May God help us to love Him more and to sin less.
What are some ways that a Christian can help keep his heart pure?
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