Passage: Matthew 5:27-32
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Because our hearts matter to God, we pursue contentment in our relationships.
Whether you’re single or married or divorced, you exist in relationship to other people. Relationships, like any resource we have, can be distorted and abused. And it begins in the heart.
“The cause of lust is not attractive women, but an improper response to attractive women. The cause of marital discontentment is less “my spouse’s flaws” than it is a hard-hearted response to those flaws.” Doriani, 159.
The great solution to unfaithfulness, whether in your imagination, in your marriage, or in the grand scheme of humanity is Jesus Christ, the faithful one, living perfectly and dying for sinners and making a way to be with God for eternity. Only then will there be only faithfulness. Only purity. Only good relationships.
Church, that’s what we are called to and so we strive after those heavenly relationships now.
Others, we want you to know the faithful one. The one who keeps His promises. The won who has in store for His people a great inheritance.
Matthew 5:27-32 "Lust and Divorce"