“BUT I TELL YOU THAT WHOEVER LOOKS UPON A WOMAN TO LUST AFTER HER, HAS ALREADY COMMITTED ADULTERY WITH HER IN HIS HEART!” MATTHEW 5:28
WHY DID JESUS SAY THIS AND WHAT DID HE MEAN BY HIS STATEMENT? SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS.
Proverbs 6 gives some stern warnings against committing adultery, giving “correction and instruction . . . keeping you from your neighbor’s wife” (verses 23–24). Solomon says,
“Do not lust in your heart after her beauty
or let her captivate you with her eyes. . . .
Another man’s wife preys on your very life.
Can a man scoop fire into his lap
without his clothes being burned?
Can a man walk on hot coals
without his feet being scorched?
So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife;
no one who touches her will go unpunished” (verses 25–29).
Adultery is deadly serious and brings God’s consequences. “A man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself” (Proverbs 6:32; cf. 1 Corinthians 6:18 and Hebrews 13:4).