“Just like anger, lust flattens individuals, turning beautifully complex people into objects that exist simply for our desires.”

The concept that looking at a woman with lustful intent is a form of adultery is ridiculous and offensive in the world today. But, it is just another part of the radical ethic Jesus is laying out in the Sermon on the Mount. In fact, he is so serious that he tells his disciples that dramatic steps must be taken to pursue his ethic. However, he gives them hope in the fact that through his sacrifice and resurrection he will fulfill this seemingly impossible ethic for them and empower them to live it out in ways they (and we) never thought possible.

Application Questions

1. What forms of discontentment and coveting tend to fuel your lustful heart?

2. What aspects of people do you tend to lust after (physical, emotional, relational, etc.)?

3. What are practical ways you can remember the glories of Christ and his grace to motivate your fight against lust?

4. What are some materialistic or consumeristic tendencies that you could fight to help in your battle against lust?

5. What are some practical ways you can grow in seeing people for the beautifully complex image-bearers that God created them to be?

Further Resources

Finally Free by Heath Lambert

Sex Isn't the Problem (Lust Is) by Joshua Harris

Covenant Eyes: 40-day Challenge

The Real Root of Sexual Sin (Article)

Reading Plan and Prayer Guide

Below are scriptures to help you meditate on today’s sermon topic throughout the week:

Monday: Ephesians 5:1-3
Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 6:15-20
Thursday: Matthew 15:19
Friday: Romans 8:1-4

As you meditate on the scriptures above, use these prompts to help you engage with God in prayer:

Insight: Ask God to help you see your covetousness and lust as he sees them.

Confess: Confess your discontentment with God (in any area of life).

Wrestle: Fight for a heart that doesn’t just give in to lust, but that takes your thoughts captive and seeks to see people the way God sees them.

Request: Ask God to captivate you with his joy and grace that you might recognize him as the one most to be desired.

Scott Mehl

Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.

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