The problem starts in your mind
“You must not murder. You must not commit adultery.”
Jesus said the following words in His sermon on the Mount to His disciples. He said, “you have heard the commandment that says, ‘you must not commit adultery’. But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust had already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Although these are deep and challenging words for a Monday morning and the start of a new week, they are also a timely reminder to first of all, guard our eyes but also our hearts and our minds. Just like committing adultery with our thoughts, murder too has a starting point, which Jesus refers to as anger just a few verses before in His sermon on the Mount.
You see, all sin has a starting point. Very rarely do you just sin without a premeditated course of action before hand. Look at David for example, when he committed adultery with Bathsheba. He saw her bathing from his throne room, allowed his thoughts to get carried away and took action. It is the same with murder. It you don’t deal with the anger you have towards someone, it can eventually escalate to so much more. This is why Jesus highlighted that guarding our thought life is essential in our journey in purity and holiness.
As we start a new week, let us ask God once more to purify our hearts, clean our minds and lead us away from temptation. Let us put on the helmet of Salvation and the belt of truth to recognise the enemy’s lies and walk in the truth of Jesus.
Lord, would you help us to set our minds on Heavenly things.
I just wonder how many of us have these sublime ideas. As long as we are human, it is difficult to guard our thought. But we must do to purify ourselves.