The Attitude of the Heart

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“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.” Matthew 5:27-28

The scripture in Jesus’ sermon is
constantly dealing with the attitude of the heart. We see that if we hate someone, we have committed the sin of murder. Now Jesus is telling us that if we lust, we have committed the sin of adultery.

Jesus is trying to show us that being a disciple of Jesus is more than our outward actions. It is about changing our hearts so that our outward action is real.

Jesus went beyond this outward
command to reveal that its act is a
result of an inner attitude of the lust.
The lustful look is the expression of a heart attitude that says in essence, “I would if I could.” The act would follow if the opportunity were to occur. By taking his listener beyond the outward statement of the law to its real intention, Jesus was trying to gt his attention off the physical and onto the spiritual.

“For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.
These are not from the Father, but
are from this world.” (1 John 2:16)

Jesus is not talking about a fleeting thought but the gathering up of one’s mind for the purpose of
lusting. The eye seeing many things, but it only focuses on what the mind set its attention on. The sin being sescribed by Jesus is the calculated cultivation of the desire to possess one to whom you have no right.

David’s sin was not in seeing the
unclothed Bathsheba but in looking
upon her, setting his mind and
ultimately his unbridled lust upon
her. David wanted the opportunity to possess Bathsheba, and he found it. (2 Samuel 11:2-5)

There are many things in this world
that we lust after. Jesus is telling us to keep these thoughts in check by having the right attitude of the heart.

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