“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28).

Imagine that a big loudspeaker was connected to your brain so that everything that passed through your brain and in your head was broadcast for everyone around you to hear.  How would you feel?  Embarrassed?  Guilty?  Ashamed?  For everyone that ought to be a start!

While we can be somewhat successful at hiding our thoughts from other people, we can’t hide them from God.  While we might think we can get away with looking at things we shouldn’t, we can’t from God .  Not only can God see anger, hate, jealousy, lust, coveting in our hearts, He also hates it.  Finally, every sin separates us from God and puts us in the danger of going to hell.

So what can we do?  Try to be better? Sure, but that won’t make up for past sin nor can we be perfect again as God demands.  What can we do?  Only despair of ourselves and look only to the only perfect one who has ever lived: Jesus.  Jesus kept His thoughts and heart pure 100% of the time for you!  Jesus exchanged His perfect life for your guilty life on the cross!  You’ve been washed clean of sins’ filth!  Jesus as set you free from sin’s power and control!

Washed in Jesus’ forgiveness you not only want to, but can change sinful habits!  Every day we wake up forgiven and empowered by Jesus to reject sin and serve Him more and more with our thoughts, words, and actions!  That’s just what God’s people want to do!

Joyfully striving to serve God purely, just like you,

pastor