Jesus challenges us to see how corrupt our heart can be and it is about our heart. Jesus says don’t feel good because you don’t commit adultery but do look at pornography. What about all those TV shows and the fact they aren’t so innocent in what they are suggesting? Why is it you like to watch them, Jesus asks.
What about …? The list of these questions, in this day and age could go on forever. Sexuality is “in our face” and not subtle at all. Jesus is clear that what can be in our heart is corrupt. No mincing of words here but then again Jesus is always clear.
God has a goal for us. God wants us to be pure. Jesus makes it clear that “the law” about adultery is not the issue when our heart is burning up with lust. The culture of our world is not a subtle one. It is all over the top and clear in its message. Jesus challenges us to make a choice. Mental adultery is missing God’s goal for us.
So … Jesus challenges us to be pure. He gives us the power to be pure in His Holy Spirit. But we do have a choice. Will we make it?
“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 yourbody. Those leering looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt. (Matthew 5:27-28, The Message)