Command Of Christ # 7

Dear Friends,

Here is command of Christ #7 from my friend Amanda. This command is really a challenging one for me to grasp! I hope you are encouraged by Amanda's insights.

Good afternoon! This command has been one that God continually brings me back to, and one that pricks me in my conscience when I read it.
This week's command is Do Not Commit Adultery/Do Not Lust. Now before you feel confident with this one, because you have never committed physical adultery, I encourage you to read on to find out what God's perspective is.

Growing up in public school is different than growing up in a Biblical-based education. By first grade my classmates were already talking about who liked who and which boy was the cutest. As you got older, the boy-girl hysteria was all the more prevalent. Having a boyfriend or girlfriend was a top priority and girls' notebooks were covered with the name of the boy they 'liked.' Posters of the latest stars adorned our lockers and walls, and on nearly every magazine there was a scantily clad woman or man named "The Hottest Man." Most of the population grows up believing that being a 'fisher of men' and drooling over the Hunk of the Month is a completely normal and appropriate thing. Needless to say, that is not God's opinion on the matter.

Jesus said, "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt not commit adultery. But I say unto you, that whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart" (Mt. 5:28). Let me paraphrase that for you ladies "Whosoever looks on a man to lust after him has committed adultery with him already in her heart." When we lust after someone it is like we are committing adultery from God's perspective. High-school girls with crushes are not the only guilty ones; Christian girls can be especially susceptible to over-dreaming of Prince Charming or Mr. Right who will sweep them off their feet into a wonderful marriage.

Now this is not saying you can never acknowledge that a man is attractive. It is what we do with the thought. God made some men more attractive and 'goodly' in appearance. He made some women 'fair to look upon' while others were not seen as especially beautiful (for example Rachel and Leah). To lust means to have a desire or a longing for. It is a mental preoccupation with someone who is not our spouse, and it's root is covetousness. Paul said, "For I had not known lust except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet" (Romans 7). Lust is sinful because it is living by our flesh, rather than the spirit. If we walk in the spirit we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

It would be a horror if anyone plucked out their own eye or cut off their own hand, but God said it would be better if we did those things than to have them and sin. (Mt. 5:29-30) God is serious when He talks about lust, and the consequences throughout the Bible only confirm the destruction of those who allow lust to go unbridled. King David (a man after God's own heart), King Solomon (wisest man), and Samson (strongest man) all allowed lust to control them. So unless you are more godly than David, wiser than Solomon, or stronger than Samson, you should realize that you are just as succeptible to committing adultery as them.

-What Scriptures can you meditate on to help overcome lust?
-Have you fully understood that lust in God's eyes is committing adultery?
-How can you 'sow' to the spirit, rather than to the flesh?

"What we look for we see, and what we see influences the thoughts and desires of our hearts"-Commands of Christ study guide

Some notes adapted from IBLP Commands of Christ study guide and pocket guide

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