TEXT: Matthew 5:27-28: "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."
Augustine said, "Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act."
As Jesus delves into the true meaning of the Law, or what we could call "the Law behind the Law," He dealt first with the Law against murder and told us that God's true intent is that we not hate another human beings, speak angrily toward another human being, or allow a broken relationship with another human being to go on without attempting to reconcile it. Now, He turns His attention to another Law that dealt with human actions -- the Law against adultery. While murder is still universally condemned in our culture, adultery is not. Some now believe that sex should not just be reserved for men and women who are married to each other; others claim that adultery could enable a married person to remain with a spouse with whom they are having a difficult time.