Re: Lust and fornication outside of marriage
Originally Posted by Max Power
Others will chime in. But I just want to highlight something quickly. If looking at a woman is lustful, what more of any other sexual activity (ie other than sexual intercouse).
You can see this sort of analogy anywhere. A person that steals $5 will not be punished the same as the person that steals millions. Same goes in the Old Testament, more severe punishment are meted out for worse crimes. Also, one would discipline a child differently for different crimes. A child disobeying you by eating a cookie before dinner even though he is told he can't do it then will have different discipline as a child who stole $100 from his mother's purse.
Not everything has to be spelt out word for word. The understanding is there. Even a child in the above eg knows that the 'crime' of eating a cookie will anger his parents less than stealing $100. And I doubt any parent will be amused or really believed that the child is honest on hearing a 10 or 12 year old child give the excuse saying that well, you never said that stealing $100 is wrong or a more disobedient act. You just said stealing $10 or eating a cookie is wrong.
What we think/what's in our heart is very important. That's why we are called to guard our hearts. I'm going to copy a post from elsewhere.
[That's why Philippians 4:8 says: ďFinally, 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.Ē Paul here gives a command to think on (keep your thoughts on) pure and praiseworthy things, not lustful things. ďBut every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.Ē (James 1:14-15) Our lusts (excessive desires) lead us to sin. ]
Before one look at a person lustfully, before one commit any sexual activities be it sexual intercourse or others, one would have already thought about it. One then acts on the thought by the action of the lustful look or the sexual activites.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
my flesh and heart may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever
Isai 41:13, 2Tim 1:7
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight
Lord Jesus, help me be one after your own Heart.
Ephesians 6: Armor of God