Week 2 – Devotional 2

READ Scripture: Matthew 5:27-30
“You have heard that it was said…” With these words, Jesus prepares to transform our understanding once again—this time on the topic of lust. As with anger, this is an area where the ancient Jews (and we along with them) prefer to be held to a low standard. We think as long as we’re not cheating on a spouse or harboring an addiction to pornography, we’re doing just fine. But Jesus wants more and better for us! Rather than merely cleaning up some of our bad behaviors, he wants us to live in true freedom from lustful thoughts. And when our mind is free, it is more open to God’s Spirit as he leads us to genuine love for those around us.

How would you describe the role that lust plays in your thought life?

What practical steps can you take to “tear out an eye” or “cut off a hand,” that is, to take steps to battle the temptations of lust?

What role does the Holy Spirit play in your efforts to battle temptations and struggles?

Identify one area of temptation where you need to take a step of faith and obedience. Share that step with someone who will pray for you this week.

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