TCs Apply (5): How’s your heart?
‘You shall not commit adultery.’ Exodus 20:14 NIV
Adultery. We know it’s wrong and some of us aren’t even married, so what’s the point in looking at this? Well, we reckon there’s more to this commandment than just the instruction to not cheat on your significant other.
In Matthew 5:28, Jesus said ‘…I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.’ It reminds us that God sees the heart behind the stuff we do. It’s important we understand the sanctity (isn’t that a lovely word?) of marriage, but more than that, it’s important we realise God is just as concerned with our spiritual condition as our physical mistakes. Don’t get us wrong; God definitely still cares when we mistreat the bodies that He’s given to us, and when we do stuff the Bible warns against. But He’s aware of the deeper stuff going on that’s causing the actions. Jeremiah 17:10 says ‘I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind…’
If we think we're doing just fine because we haven't actually cheated on hypothetical-wifehusbandperson but inside we're full of vulturey things, we've missed the point. Not only that, but those vulturey things always end up coming out (Luke 6:45).
Giving ourselves to Jesus means giving Him access to clean it all up. And that changing of your attitude is what will change your actions.
Philippians 4:4-8 is a great starting point when you're offering up your heart to the will of God - have a read.