February 16

Matthew 5:27-37

“But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” vs. 28

Jesus doesn’t miss much in his description of kingdom living. Again, he’s not just trying to fill in the loopholes that folks were using to bypass the demands of the law. But he is interested in what goes on in our interior selves, the things that can disrupt our spiritual connections with God and one another. Here he focuses on a biggie! Everyone knows what he’s talking about–looking at a woman (or man) with lust has been around from the beginning. For millennia this was a highly imaginative enterprise, but not anymore. With the development of the internet opportunities for lustful watching have mushroomed. In fact, it is estimated that 30% of internet use is for the viewing of pornographic websites. That’s an amazing statistic, and it’s not to be doubted. Porn is a multi-billion dollar industry and it shows no sign of diminishing. Some might say, “What’s the big deal? It’s a victimless crime, and users are just curious–no one is hurt.” Of course, that’s not true! Countless people are victimized by porn, and it’s massively damaging to the intimacy of marriage relationships. Sex is not just for propagation, it’s a beautiful gift from God, one to be used and enjoyed with our marriage companions. The lust connected with porn undermines the good gift and injures our sexual connections. Its use is a sign that something has gone amiss in our lives–and it needs to be talked about!

Thought for the Day: What effect has porn had on my life?

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