Mathew 5:27-28 says,,"You have heard that it was said,you shall not commit adultery ",but I say unto you that everyone who looks at a woman with list for he has already commuted adultery with her in his heart."
The seventh commandment protects the sanctity of marriage and everyone who relies on external righteousness to keep it is prone to break it. Just as anger equals murder,lustful desire equals adultery.
In Jesus admonition "looks", indicates intentional and repeated gazing. Therefore He means purposeful looking that arouses lust. In contemporary terms, It condemn a man who looks at x- rated movies,watches a salacious television show,or visits pornographic websites. It encompasses any thought or action done to arouse sexual desire. Jesus is not referring to accidental exposure to sexual temptation. Its also not a sin if a man looks away from provocative scenes. Its the continued look that Jesus condemns,because that demonstrate an adulterous heart. And by inference this prohibition will apply to women also,who must not gaze at men or dress in seductive ways to elicit stares.
In earliest redemptive history, job understood this principles, " I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a vargin ? ,,,If my step has turned from the way or my heart followed my eyes or if any spot has stuck to my hands let me sow and another eat, and let my crops be uprooted "(Job 31:1,7-8)
If the adulterous heart gives in to temptation, the godly heart will protect itself, praying, " Turn away my heart from looking at vanity and revive me in your ways. Establish your word to your servant,as that which produces reverence for you" (Ps119:37-38;2 Timothy 2:22)
Ask yourself; what could replace your next lustful thought or glance?,, Instead of focussing on what God has graciously restricted, what blessings, privileges NAD freedom can capture your attention instead?
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