Devotions for July 11, 2017

MATTHEW 5:27-30

27 “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’[a] 28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 So if your eye—even your good eye[b]—causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your hand—even your stronger hand[c]—causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

A PASSION FOR PURITY

These words are hard to read. They seem to lay out an impossible standard for human beings. One thing we must do when reading the Sermon on the Mount is to realize our inability to live out God’s Law perfectly on our own. That is where Jesus steps in. He is our righteousness and provides the supernatural ability to obey God. Only Jesus lived a perfect life, and we must go to Him to receive grace.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: According to verse 28, what is equivalent with committing adultery?

Q: In what ways could you pursue more purity in your life? What habits would you have to let go?

Q: How could you help others not to fall into lust? Consider the modesty or immodesty of the clothes you wear or the movies you encourage others to see.

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