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Sexual Sin Begins in the Heart
The New King James Version
27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
The Message Bible
27-28 “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 your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt.
29-30 “Let’s not pretend this is easier than it really is. If you want to live a morally pure life, here’s what you have to do: You have to blind your right eye the moment you catch it in a lustful leer. You have to choose to live one-eyed or else be dumped on a moral trash pile. And you have to chop off your right hand the moment you notice it raised threateningly. Better a bloody stump than your entire being discarded for good in the dump.
The emphasis here is on what happens in the mind before a sinful act.
Is Jesus talking only to men who are married? or is he also speaking to a principle that applies to all people: married, unmarried, men women, boy’s and girls?
Does removing part of the body make it impossible to think sinful thoughts?
Apparently, Jesus’ advise to pull out the eye or cut off the hand is an illustration of what serious measures we should take to redirect the mind, and also to make it harder to encounter temptations.
i.e. How can you reduce the temptation to look at pornography, and most importantly, to avoid the many HOOKS that draw you in to looking at pornography or fantasize about sinful acts or situations?

--personal application--
31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery. 31-32 “Remember the Scripture that says, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him do it legally, giving her divorce papers and her legal rights’? Too many of you are using that as a cover for selfishness and whim, pretending to be righteous just because you are ‘legal.’ Please, no more pretending. If you divorce your wife, you’re responsible for making her an adulteress (unless she has already made herself that by sexual promiscuity). And if you marry such a divorced adulteress, you’re automatically an adulterer yourself. You can’t use legal cover to mask a moral failure.
Is there anything here in Jesus’ comments about adultery and divorce that would be relevant to someone who is not married?  i.e. Is it OK for two unmarried people to have sex together?       —pop-culture tells us it is.
Is sex bad?
      If not: When is sex good?
                  When is sex bad?
                  Are there times when sex simply is?    —neither good nor bad.
Is it enough to love someone before having sex with them, or is there something more to consider?
What is the purpose of marriage?
What are the issues in divorce?
The Bible often compares the relationship that God wants with his church to being like a marriage. What are the implications with that illustration?

Question to keep asking yourself:
Am I using my body, and eyes, and mind in a way that GLORIFIES God and helps me walk with God?
  • 1 Corinthians 10:31  Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Updated: Sep 27, 2014