This post is my contribution to the One Word at a Time Blog Carnival. To see the other entries to the carnival, visit Bridget Chumbley’s site. It’s well worth it!
Here are my thoughts on the subject:
Whether we like to admit it or not, we all suffer from lust, or to put it a little more bluntly, we all commit the sin of lust.
Although lust traditionally refers to sexual feelings, it can equally be used to describe deep cravings and desires for material possessions.
Whether we are lusting after someone we know, a celebrity or the latest gadget our desire reaches far further and deeper than simple admiration and moves into the territory of jealousy, idolatry and even adultery at heart.
Jesus told us:
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:28)
Can you imagine the heartbreak, the pain, the turmoil that would be created by you having an affair. Most of us can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to have to tell our husband or wife that we had committed adultery – and the fear of what may happen might be one of the things that keeps us from having an affair. Yet you have probably committed adultery in your heart more than once in your marriage… possibly even every week or every day.
When you have lustful thoughts about your favorite movie star or singer, when you fantasize about past boy/girlfriends, when you imagine what it would be like to have a fling with that guy or girl in your office, even though you don’t plan on taking your thoughts to a physical level, you’ve already done the deed in your heart. You’re already an adulterer.
So, when you hear about that guy who had an affair, or that woman who cheated on her husband. When you read about the pastor who has fallen from grace because of some indiscretion, just remember that you are guilty of the same sin. Before you condemn others for their weakness, remember Jesus’ words when faced with such people:
If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone… (John 8:7)