You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 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. And if your hand—even your stronger hand—causes you to sin, cut it off 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.
Matthew 5: 27-30 (NLT)
There is a lot to unpack from these scriptures. I will leave five points for reflection:
- Adultery begins with the heart, not with the act.
- Emotional affair is adultery.
- Watching porn is adultery.
- We must guard our eyes and heart.
- Adultery is a violation of God’s will concerning marriage. Tolerating adulterous thoughts will eventually lead to adulterous acts. Both send the soul to hell.
- It is important to have a spiritual purpose to not engage in adultery. Like Jesus said, let’s think about eternity. Thinking about how one’s spouse would feel is not enough to keep one from adultery. Being eternity-conscious makes a greater difference.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for my marriage. In the name of Jesus, teach me to guard my eyes and heart from adultery and give me the grace to live eternity-conscious.
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Temitope Michael-Olaniran (Fafore) is a wife and #boymom. She is the author of A Christian Mother’s Creed. She created this space to share spiritual experiences of motherhood, provide emotional support to families and develop a virtual community where Christian mothers can share Biblical viewpoints on parenting and other aspects of life.
As a lifelong learner with a passion for mental health, Temi is a PhD student (Infant and Early Childhood Development specializing in Mental Health and Developmental Disorders). She is a Perinatal, Infant, and Early Childhood Mental Health consultant, Certified New Parent Educator, trained Postpartum Doula, and U.S. Army veteran.
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