Why is it so hard not to lust?

Matthew 5:27-29

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You are not to commit adultery.’ 28  But I say to you, anyone who stares at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29  So if your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your body parts than to have your whole body thrown into hell.

Lust is something most people have to deal with on a daily basis, but it can become somewhat hard to fight against.  When you read when Jesus said “just the thought of lust in your mind you have already committed adultery in your hearts” and then you turn on your television and see half naked men and woman almost every channel can become difficult to apply it in your life.  Seriously have you ever seen a Spanish Pepsi commercial? To the average Christian it can be difficult for your mind not to stray.  

Have you ever thought to yourself why do people make such commercials and television shows? I have heard many times that “sex sells,” but why does it have to? Since when has it become the normal in our society?  We have failed and allowed worldly influences into our lives and justify it by saying “well it can be worse.” As Christians by having this mindset we have already lost the battle.

Now how fair is it for your spouse when you lust for another? When you get married or are in a relationship there is three people in this party.  God should always be in the center of all your relationships as the foundation since He is love. When you have lustful desires for others in your mind can usually tend to lead to future actions.  Now can you start to see the bigger picture on why a lot of relationships fail?

I always hear that peoples desires have led them to further sinning such as watching pornography or cheating on their partners.  Half of the time they didn’t even want to do it, but they felt like they couldn’t stop themselves.  The common denominator I have found is that they had a very worldly perspective in their lives.

Now what can we do about stopping lustful thoughts from coming in your minds and hearts in the first place? Jesus gave us the answer when He said “so if your eye- even your good one, causes you to lust, gauge out and throw it away.”  Jesus was not telling others to cause physical harm to their body, but He was letting everyone know to quickly get rid of anything that causes them to lust.  Even if it is something or someone special in your lives you need to get rid of them. 

I can’t say it better than Jesus did. It is better to get rid of something special in your life then sinning and ending up in hell for eternity. So my best advice to anyone struggling with lust is to do what Jesus teaches us we should do.  

If you struggle with watching pornography; get rid of your televisions, computers or any other devices that you can watch it on.  If you have a relationship that has you having lustful thoughts, end it.  If you have lust in the center of your marriage or relationship, put God back in the center and you will see how much it will blossom. Since God is love, what better center can their be in your life?

It is hard enough for everyone to fight against our personal sins of the flesh, but if we constantly let the world into our lives we will end up drowning in sin.  So I pray this lesson helps someone today realize they can fight against sin. We are called to be different.  We are called to stand firm against sinful desires and if we do not it can destroy our relationships with our friends and family. So I leave you with one last piece of scripture for encouragement.

John 17:14-16

I have given them your word, and the world has hated them, because they do not belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world. 15  I’m not asking you to take them out of the world but to protect them from the evil one. 16  They don’t belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world.

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