The Lover and Mistress

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Adultery and Divorce

27-28 “You know the next commandment pretty well, too: ‘Don’t go to bed with another’s spouse.’ But don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those ogling looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt.

29-30 “Let’s not pretend this is easier than it really is. If you want to live a morally pure life, here’s what you have to do: You have to blind your right eye the moment you catch it in a lustful leer. You have to choose to live one-eyed or else be dumped on a moral trash pile. And you have to chop off your right hand the moment you notice it raised threateningly. Better a bloody stump than your entire being discarded for good in the dump.

-Matthew 5:27-30 The Message

Verse 27: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery;

Verse 28: but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Verses 27-28 studies: The Old Testament talks about having sex with someone other than their spouse. It is wrong (Exodus 20:14). Jesus said that the desire to have sex with someone other than your spouse is called mental adultery, which is a sin. Jesus makes it a point to say that if the act is wrong, the intention is wrong. To be faithful with your spouse is also with your mind to not break the trust of your marriage. Jesus is not condemning natural interest in the opposite sex or even healthy sexual desire, but the deliberate and repeated filling of one’s mind with fantasies that would be evil if acted out.

Some believe if lustful thoughts are sinful, why not act out what is sinful then? However, acting it out is harmful in a few ways:

  1. Causes people to excuse sin rather than to stop sinning.
  2. It destroys marriages.
  3. It is a deliberate rebellion against God’s Word.
  4. It always hurt someone else in addition to the sinner.

Sinful actions are more dangerous than sinful desire. Which is why the desires shouldn’t be acted out. Also, sinful desire is damaging to the righteous. If this goes unchecked, wrong desires will result in wrong actions and turn people away from God.

Verse 29: Now, if your right eye is causing you to sin, tear it out and throw it away from you, for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

Verse 30: And if your right hand is causing you to sin, cut it off and throw it away from you, for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

Verses 29-30 studies: when Jesus said, “get rid of your eye, get rid of your hand,” it was a figure of speech. It didn’t mean to remove your eye and hand because a blind person can also lust. If that is the only choice, it would be better to go into heaven with one eye and one hand than to go to hell with both. Sometimes we tolerate sins in our lives; they can destroy us when it doesn’t go unchecked. It’s better to experience the pain of removal, meaning getting rid of a bad habit or something we treasure, than to allow the sin to bring judgment and condemnation. Examine your life for anything that causes you to sin; take every necessary action to remove it.

Father, I hear it and see it every day with affairs either in the movies or tv shows. I even listen to it from people that are around me. I have engaged in it for a short period while I was singly having an affair with a married woman. I regret it every day of my life, and I wish I could take it back, but I can’t. I pray that anyone reading this can examine their thoughts before acting because I didn’t. It hurts when you don’t. Allow us to stay ahead and wise to those who choose not to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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