Matthew 5:27-28 “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
Now, you, I, and the whole world know – that if a man “looketh” at a woman to “lust after her” – it isn’t just his eyes involved and he isn’t thinking of baseball. His thoughts are actively involved – on what he wants to do with her. So, I think it’s safe to say that in this verse Jesus is referring to our thoughts.
Purity is a battle! No doubt about it. Unless God gives you a divine victory, it is going to be a hard-won battle too. And most of it is in the mind.
I could write pages on the battle for purity, but what has captured my attention in these verses is how truly amazing it is to think God’s thoughts never did or ever will include anything sinful… (not really a News Flash, but it is in a new light to me)
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts. Is. 55:8-9
And that Jesus never sinned, and it means in His thoughts as well. It never even occurred to me to consider it this way.
Jesus walked this earth 33 years as a man, but never sinned in his mind. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” How long can we go without sinning in our thoughts? And not just in regard to purity…It is a daily battle to keep my thoughts clear of things I shouldn’t consider, think on, etc… It’s a battle to forgive offenses. It’s a battle to keep thoughts of self in check. It’s a battle not to let hormones/emotions control me. It’s a battle to “take every thought captive”.
How amazing is our God?
And how does this change my thoughts of His thoughts toward me?
How many times do I attribute human actions/thoughts/feelings to God? Too often!
His thoughts aren’t even a battle for Him, because He is always pure, always good, always loving, and always sinless.
This seems to be a tiny peek into just how much higher His thoughts really are than ours. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” Prov. 23:7
God doesn’t have flesh pulling him away from Godliness, but He did send his Son to become flesh. He knows and feels what we deal with. So, He crucified the flesh, that would pull us away from godliness, on the Cross so we would have the victory. Praise God!