Adulterers Anonymous


Jesus echoed Moses’ command to not commit adultery, raising the accountability.  You don’t have to sleep with someone to commit adultery.  All you have to do is look lustfully at the person and you have done it in your heart. The truth is, it’s the heart which matters…

14 “You shall not commit adultery.”
Exodus 20:14

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Matthew 5:27-28

If you ask people – do a little poll – whether they are adulterers, how many people would willingly admit to their crime?  Probably even less if you explained Jesus’ definition.

You see, there can be a little less physical adultery in today’s world because there is so much more fuel to the fires of fantasy today.  Fiction, movies, internet, and television all point us down the road of fantasy which sets the stage for lust.

Jesus makes it a heart issue.

And that’s where everything gets equalized and the debates come to an end.  People (we) instinctively want to justify our behaviour and judge the behaviour of others.  Our actions are less sinful than theirs.  I didn’t commit adultery.  I just met for coffee with the person (every week in a secret location).

Jesus makes it a heart issue.

What is your heart saying?  What is your heart doing?

Our hearts, first, belong to God.  And then they belong to those whom we commit to in marriage.  Before we are married, we might ask if our desires of fantasy are stronger than our desire for God.  Once we are married, we can add the question of how much investment of the heart we are making toward a person other than our spouse.

Adultery is an issue of the heart.

As we know, the heart complicates matters and is the core of our beings.  We can walk one way, yet our heart can walk the other way toward thoughts and lust and fantasy which is far from honouring to God.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it,” (Proverbs 4:23).

We need you, God.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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