Overcoming Lust (Through the Gospels)
If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell ^Matthew 5:29 (Click to read entire passage).
These are some strong words by Jesus. This passage is talking about how we are supposed to respond to sexual lust. But what does Jesus mean here? Does He really expect us to gouge out our eyes? No.
People with no eyes, can lust and sin just as must as someone with eyes. However, Jesus is getting at the root of the issue here. Jesus wants us to be radically committed to removing sin out of our lives.
The one who truly lives for God’s Kingdom, will at times take extreme measures to remove all sorts of sins from their lives. When someone experiences the love and holiness of Jesus, they will deal radically with their sins. There will be a audacious spiritual appetite to rid themselves of all sexual impurity in order to live a life that pleases God.
Jesus takes it to the extreme by saying, “For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body thrown into hell” (Matthew 5:2). Does this mean that everyone who struggles with lust is going to hell? No. What Jesus is implying here is that the one who enjoys and continues to live in sexual sin, it most likely not saved. There is forgiveness and deliverance for the one who truly repents. The one who does not repent and continues to live in sexual sin, will end up in hell as a result of their unrepentant heart.
Are you struggling with sexual lust? You must deal with it radically. It will not go away by casual fighting. You must draw a line. You must make up your mind and make a radical commitment to overcome this. Let His grace empower you and His love motivate you. His love is better.