27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You should not commit adultery.’
28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman for the purpose of getting aroused by her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
29 If your right eye causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your parts than that your whole body be thrown into Gehenna.
30 And if your right hand causes you to lust, hack it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your parts than that your whole body go into Gehenna. _________________________________________
Gouge and hack
The scribes and Pharisees had sidestepped the whole lust issue. Like anger, lust is not to be trifled with. Religious people are not by any means immune. It destroys lives and ministries. There is a natural attraction, but lust feeds on that. Lust looks for the purpose of being aroused. Lust not only belittles the target of the look, but it also reduces the looker to an animal.
The internet has turned this generation into lust addicts. While sex without relationship has been a problem for centuries, today it is epidemic. The very technology which promises to connect our world as never before is disconnecting us.
Jesus taught his disciples that love has two enemies: hate and lust. He taught them to respond quickly to an attack in either area. He advised them to take back control over any body part that has surrendered to lust. Even mutilation is to be preferred over surrender to lust’s control.
LORD, we confess to allowing lust to control us. Forgive us, and give us the courage to take our lives back from this enemy.