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The Health Of Your Heart

Matt 5.27-30

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[Six times in Matthew chapter five Jesus says, Ye have heard that it was said . . . (vs 21, 27, 31, 33, 38, 43) – In saying this Jesus reveals six areas where the heart is more important than the heal:] 

        [Murder (vs 21-26) - The Heat of your heart]

        [Adultery (Matt 5.27-30) - The Health of your heart]

        [Divorce (Matt 5.31-32) - The Harnessing of your heart.]

        [Integrity/Honesty (Matt 5.33-37) - The Home of your heart.]

        [Revenge (Matt 5.38-42) - The Hurtles of your heart]

        [Loving your enemies (Matt 5.43-48) The Harbor of your heart] 

[The Secret You - The importance of your heart or who you are in the hidden regions of your mind can not be underestimated.  There are only two people who know who you really are.  One is you and the other is Almighty God.  There are many who think that they are the only one who really knows who or what they are, but I assure you  the omnipotent God knows your every thought.  God says,] 

[Jeremiah 17:10 10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.]

[Almighty God never misses a thing.  He knows what is controlling you (the reins).  He knows your thoughts.  God knows that your thoughts affect your heart and your heart guides your actions.  Jesus said,] 

[Matthew 15:18-20 18 . . . those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: . . . ]

[Too many in our culture misunderstand that importance of one’s heart and thoughts.  Your thoughts deal with your thinking which pour from your affections and reveal themselves in your actions.  If you allow yourself to think corrupt things then the result will be a corrupted heart and your actions will soon follow.  For this reason God has said,] 

[Proverbs 4:23-27 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. 24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. 25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.]

[What does this proverb say?  It says watch what is in your heart.  Why?  Because what is in your heart will soon come out of your mouth (vs 24) and what comes out of your mouth will soon guide where you go or your actions and choices in life (vs 25).]

[The Eye and the Mind – Notice the phrase in Proverbs 4.25 Let thines eyes look right on and the phrase in our text (vs 28) “That whosoever looketh and consider how important what you look at or what you allow to come into your mind and heart is.  You look at the things you are interested in, these are your affections, and the things you look at and desire will undoubtedly affect the way you think and will inevitable guide what you choose to do or your actions.  Therefore, what you allow into your mind and life will either build you spiritually or it will corrupt you morally.]

[Entertainment Choices – This is why your entertainment choices, your chosen friends, your home environment, and even your work environment are so very important.  What you allow into your life, what you see and hear consistently, will eventually affect the way you think, which will change the way you feel, which will undeniably guide your choices and actions in life.  Sometimes you may not have a choice about those things around you, but by being aware of them and their influential effect you will protect yourself from them.]

[Last Week we looked at the need to deal with the way we think and feel about those people who are around us.  We, the Body of Christ and the Children of God, need to develop a godly way of thinking about those people who are a part of our lives.  We need to harbor and hone redeemed relationships in our lives.  Having these kind of relationships starts in our hearts or in the way we allow ourselves to think and feel about other people.  We must value others the way our Heavenly Father values them.]

[Thinking and Feeling – To many people are of the belief that they cannot help the way they think about those around them.  They believe that their thinking is based on what they feel and their feelings are based on what has occurred in their relationship.  The truth is that what you feel is actually based on what you think.  Get God’s Word into your mind and its truth’s will find their way into your heart and your feelings will eventually be conformed to the image of Christ.  Well, this is true in many different aspects in our lives.]

[Now, before you come and begin to debate about whether your thinking is controlled by your heart or your heart is controlled by your thinking, let me say this.  Perhaps there are arguments and cases that prove either case is true.  The undeniable fact is that your heart and your thinking affect each other.  There is a union between your thinking and your feelings or your heart so that one affects the other.  In the Bible God says,] 

[Colossians 3:2 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.]

[Philippians 4:8 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.]

[It seems clear to me that I can find a multitude of Scriptures that tell me to get (decision) my mind right and the rest will follow, while I was hard pressed to find a single verse that says get my feelings right and my mind will follow.]  

Consider what Jesus is saying in our text,

A.     Adultery’s Devastation (vs 27; Exo 20.14) [– About Adultery and ImmoralityYe have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: - Without any doubt adultery has been and is a problem in our culture and a serious problem within the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The problem has existed as long as mankind has existed.  It is a problem that draws upon men and women alike.]

[Adultery simply put is breaking the covenant marriage relationship designed by God.  It always has been, and always will be God’s plan that one man and one woman should be joined together in marriage for the duration of their lives.  To the extent that God commanded in the ten Commandments that,]

[Exodus 20:14 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. ]

[The punishment for violating this command was strict and violent.  Those caught were to be put to death to put the corruption out of the land.  The whole idea of adultery and its biblical punishment has become laughable in our day.  Adultery and sexual immorality are so common and accepted in our day that to stand on the Word of God relinquishes one to the status of a lunatic in our culture.  So much so that to forward the idea of being sexually pure until marriage is scoffed at by our world and sadly to say in many churches.]

[Incredibly, I have even been approached by some people who use this very scripture to justify their adulterous relationships.  One man once approached me and said, “If I take this Scripture literally, then if I think lustfully upon a woman I might as well go ahead and have the fun since I have already committed the sin.”  Wow, what an incredible manipulation of the words of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Our Lord did not seek to justify sin He sought to teach us to gain victory over temptation and sin.]

[Sex Before Marriage – to our youth who may be enticed to buy into our cultures lie that sex before marriage is harmless and no more important than taking a car out for a test drive.  Do you know what God says about this issue?  God says,]

[Deuteronomy 22:28-29 28 If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; 29 Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days. ]

[God commands you to get married and to never be divorced to the one you have sexual relations with before marriage.  Guys this command is for you too.  Sexual purity is of great importance with our Heavenly Father and it ought to be important to you too.]

Let me share with you three quick thoughts about Adultery,

1.      The Contributions That Lend To Adultery (1 Cor 7.1-5) [– Faithfulness in the marriage relationship lends itself to fidelity in the marriage covenant.  Paul wrote,]

[1 Corinthians 7:1-5 1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. ]

[From this text we learn that a wife ought never to reject her husband’s advances and a husband ought never to disregard his wife’s tender touch.  Paul expresses the importance of this marriage bond by stating that when it comes to intimacy within marriage the wife belongs to the husband and the husband belongs to the wife.  To neglect the intimacy of the marriage relationship is to equip the devil in his dastardly desire to destroy your marriage and home through temptation and adultery. ]

[Whose Fault Is It – Neglected intimacy at home is no excuse for adultery, but it undeniably lends itself to its temptation and the strength of this lure.  The fault for the actual act of adultery always lies with the participant and any blame should never be shifted in any other direction.]

[If, Then – If adultery has torn at the fabric of your home, all is not lost.  God forgives those who fall to this sin, and a marriage relationship can survive as well. But the cost is extremely high and hardly worth the occasion.]

2.      The Character That Inoculates Against Adultery (Prov 6.32-33) [– The commands of God are based on the character of God, and the command to protect the covenant marriage relationship is no different.  So what is the Character of God that is expressed through the command to not commit adultery?]

[It is the Faithfulness of God.  Think for a few minutes about the incredible impact of God’s faithfulness.  Because God is faithful we know we can trust Him.  If God has ever or ever does fail to keep only one of the things He has said He would do, then all of our trust in Him immediately disintegrates.  If a single judgment has gone unanswered, if a single promise has gone unfulfilled, then God has not kept His word, He is not faithful, and He cannot be trusted.  But God has been faithful and His faithfulness instills the unshakable foundation of trust, which provides an incredible source of hope.  Everything we know and understand about God is undergirded by his faithfulness.]

[Adultery violates faithfulness and is an attack on the characteristic of God’s faithfulness that He is trying to make a part of our lives and relationships.  If you say that you have accept the Lord Jesus Christ and He has sent the Holy Spirit of God into your life then you must develop the characteristic of faithfulness in your life and relationships.  God is in you, and God is faithful so how can you be anything but faithful.  Violate the foundation of faithfulness in your marriage and everything else will quickly crumble.  Without faithfulness there can be no trust.  Without faithfulness your word is worthless.  Faithfulness is absolutely necessary for a healthy relationship with God, your family, and your fellowman.]

[Proverbs 6:32-33 32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. 33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. ]

3.      The Consequences of Adultery [– Every sin carries a consequence.  There is a cost for sin, every sin.  The price tag that hangs on adultery is high, it is a costly sin.  Now, we know that every sin requires eternal damnation in hell, but Jesus paid it all on Calvary’s Cross, and indeed He has.  So that, the born again Christian no longer fears the fire and brimstone of that horrible place.] 

[But, lest you think that somehow, the forgiveness of God washes away the earthly mortal consequences for our sins, think again.  The Bible teaches and demonstrates time and time again that the consequences for our sins endure long after we have found the forgiveness of our Heavenly Father.]

[So, what is the consequence for adultery?  Consider what adultery violates.  Adultery violates faithfulness, and faithfulness undergirds everything else that is vital to our relationships.  Adultery decays and nearly destroys trust and everyone knows how important trust is to any relationship, especially to marriage.]

[The consequence for adultery is high but it does not have to be terminal.  The only remedy for broken faithfulness is absolute faithfulness.  The one who broke the covenant must restore it with determination and diligence.  So often couples have come to be after the devastation of adultery, and often the violator will try to place the blame for the failing relationship on the innocent party.  They say things like, “They say they have forgiven me, but they don’t seem to trust me.”  What do you expect?  Trust is the most precious of all characteristics in our relationships but it is undeniably founded upon faithfulness and it is the hardest of all characteristics to reestablish.  It takes lots of time, determination, and diligence; but it can be regained.]

B.     Adultery’s Desire (vs 27-28) [– Where adultery and immorality come from – Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. – Jesus now challenges the teaching concerning adultery.  Jesus again says, “Ye have heard that it was said,” and in saying this Jesus is challenging what people had been taught and believed for many generations.  The idea was that anything was okay so long as you did not actually, physically break the law.  But our Lord says that the breaking of the law was merely a symptom of a greater problem.]

1.      Damaging Desires (Mark 7.21-23) [– Adultery grows out of the seed of lust planted in the soil of a fertile heart.  This is not only true of adultery but it is true of many other sins and of immorality in general.  Jesus said,]

[Mark 7:21-23 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. ]

[Consider carefully the dastardly list provided by our Lord.  Those sins that pour out of our lives flow out of our hearts.  They reveal a faltering character that is noticably different from that of our Savior.  Every form of immorality and wickedness finds it root and source in our heart.  Our heart is fed by our minds and the way we think and our minds are influenced by our entertainment, friends and culture.]

2.      Destructive Decisions (Prov 7.6-10, 22-23) [– How does Adultery or any other sin find its way into our lives? Through unguarded hearts and minds and destructive decisions.] 

[Proverbs 7:6-10 6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, 7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, 8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, 9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: 10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.]

[Here is a young man who,]

a.       [Failed to keep and guard his heart and desires.]

b.      [He made the destructive decision to yield to his desire rather than be disciplined with his desire.]

c.       [He made the destructive decision to go into the darkness of his desire in the midst of the night.]

d.      [He made the destructive decision to go to where the demonic matrons of lustful desire work.  ]

e.       [He made the destructive decision to fall into the devastating trap of their immorality as an ox goeth to the slaughter (vs 22-23)]

[Proverbs 7:22-23 22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; 23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. ]

[Destructive decisions lead to devastating immorality and sin.]

C.     Adultery’s Destruction (vs 29-30) [- And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. – I once had a military chaplain speak to me about these very verses.  He objected to my literal approach to the Bible and thought that an allegorical approach was more acceptable.  Of these verses, in trying to prove his point, he said, you don’t believe that Jesus meant that a person should really pluck out their eye or cut off their hand do you.  My response was simple, I said, “Yes, that is exactly what Jesus meant.”  In this passage Jesus is saying, if there is anything that is more important to you than God and going to heaven then cut it off, get rid of it, because hell is real and its fires burn eternally and whatever it is just is not worth the cost.] 

[Adultery, immorality, wickedness, and sin do not have to devastate your life.  You can overcome their temptations and allurements and protect yourself from their horrible affects.  How?]

1.      Through God Honoring Discipline (2 Tim 2.22) [– There are two things that you need to consider if you will be spiritually disciplined in your life.  Jesus mentions your,]

a.       [Desires - Eye in verse 29.  Your eye speaks of your influences or what you set as your personal affection. What you look at or to.]

b.      [Decisions - Right hand in verse 30.  Your right hand speaks of your power or the decisions that you make in your life.]

[Your decisions are based, to a great extent upon your desires and your desires normally come from those things you allow into your mind or life.  Get your mind right and your desires will be right, get your desires right and your decisions will be right.]

[When it comes to your desires or influences the Bible says,]

[2 Timothy 2:22 22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. ]

[Decide right now that you are going to have a pure, godly heart and you will go along ways toward directing your desires in the right direction.  This means thinking about what you are allowing into your life, through your eyes and ears, which is drawing your heart and mind away from God.  There are many things in our world, on our television, on our computers, and in our associations that just need to be cut out of our lives.]

[Joseph was a young man whose desire to please God and be pure in God’s sight was stronger than the influence of his environment.  Potipher’s wife was tempting Joseph but he refuse to allow immorality to corrupt his life.  He ran away from her alluring enticements and maintained His integrity with his Heavenly Father.]

[God honoring discipline will destroy Adultery’s devastation in your life. ]

2.      Through Christ Seeking Decisions [– It is better to go to heaven than it is to go to hell.  If you are here today and you have never accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, then you need to understand that our world offers you immorality, sinfulness and their devastation and destruction.  You need the Lord Jesus Christ in your life.  Will you accept Him today.]



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