When the temptation to lust is presented to us it comes with a thought, “You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity! Lust feels exciting to those who don’t know any better, but it is not an opportunity, it is not good. If you accept the idea that lust is “an opportunity” then the thought of lust will lead to emotions.
That feeling is not in itself a sin, but it’s getting dangerous close because it may begin to incline the will.
Sin will conceive and, as James says, it will bring death and destruction.
You have become the kind of person who is ready to lust.
Jesus is saying it’s not enough to avoid lustful behaviors we need to get at the roots of our actions and learn not to cultivate lustful desires in our hearts.
More than any other group of people I’ve talked with over the years, sex addicts feel depressed, ashamed, and isolated — .
Tragically, there are many people, who can’t seem to grasp God’s love because, as the pop song says, “They’re looking for love in all the wrong places.” They’re in the grip of lust and it’s destroying them and their relationships with their loved ones.
And everyday God shares His love with us in so many ways.
Most people misunderstand Jesus’ words: “Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew , NIV84). First, Jesus is not saying that lust is the same as adultery.
Obviously, the act of physical adultery causes worse problems than having a lustful desire in your heart.
Second, Jesus is not saying that having the thought to lust is a sin.