“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, 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. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, 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 go into hell.
Matthew 5 : 27 – 30
Your weakness is not my weakness and my weakness is not your weakness. Be sure of this though, you do have a weakness. Whether it is alcohol, drugs, money, sex, power, control or any one of the other myriad weaknesses human beings have, you do have one.
In our society if you merely think something but don’t do it, that is ok. It is the action of doing that causes the transgression. Yet here Jesus is clearly implying it is at the point of the thought the transgression takes place. So adultery happens long before the actual act. Theft happens when you consider taking what belongs to someone else. How hard is this?
Luke Chapter 18 verses 26-27 show us how people responded to Jesus teaching. “The people who heard him asked, “Who, then, can be saved?” Jesus answered, “What is humanly impossible is possible for God.” “
Remember this is where grace comes in. Your salvation is not dependent on your achieving a perfect score because you cannot. Even with your best efforts you cannot come close to the standard God demands. What then can you do?
Accept with open arms the free gift of salvation that is offered by God.
Prayer: God, I know I cannot meet your standard. Even for a single day I cannot meet your standard let alone for every day of my life. Thank you that you are a gracious God and help me to accept that grace.
Action: In old language they talked of ‘sins’ whilst today we might call them shortcomings. Try and think before you do today whether this thought or action will be acceptable to God?