Lustful literature litters the landscape. Pornographic Internet sites lure victims into lurid acts. The objectives of the underworld are clear. X-rated sales are high. Big money is involved. The objectives of the underworld are also clear. “When lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death” (James 1:15).
Jesus puts it this way. “I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). This also goes for female lustful looking. “Each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust” (James 1:14).
Christ gives some advice. “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you … If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell” (Matthew 5:29-30). Take this seriously. Cut off lust.
And remember the cross of Christ. “He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people” (Isaiah 53:8). Christ, the head of the body, was cut off, so the rest of His body, the church, might not be cut off eternally.
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