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Jesus taught that lust goes deeper than what you are willing to act on in the bedroom.

Key Points:

  • Jesus taught that lust is a heart problem first, not about your actions ultimately.
  • Jesus taught that we should not just keep the letter of the law, but the spirit of the law. Lust is the root sin of adultery.
  • Lust is “objectifying a child of God.” This means taking a complex person God loves and viewing them one-dimensionally…usually as an idol or object of sexual desire.
  • Lust is a pattern of thinking that will follow you into the bedroom. Don’t think that a lust problem or a porn addiction won’t impact your sexual relationship with your present or future spouse.

Quote This:

Matthew 5:27-28 You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

See Also: Lust, Men, Sexuality

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Have you struggled with lust in the past, either habitually or occasionally? What happened? 
  3. Read Matthew 5:27-28. Why do you think Jesus says this? What is he really getting at?
  4. What do you think is the relationship between what we think and what we do?
  5. Lust is “objectifying a child of God.” What does this look like practically? Give an example.
  6. “Lust is a pattern of thinking that will follow you into the bedroom.” What are some of the dangers for your marriage or future marriage that lust can carry into the bedroom?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.