27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
We live in a world where we use our eyes more and more. Before smart phones, we would pick up the phone and talk to people. Nowadays, many people are looking at their devices and spending hours looking. Whether it is television, the Internet or the billboards, marketing dollars are spent to get your eyes to wander and to pay attention to the advertisement.
The Mosaic Law stated that adultery was a sin and the Pharisees would be most likely satisfied with that Law. However, Jesus changed the paradigm and said that looking lustfully at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. It’s quite easy to justify that nothing was actually done, but Jesus challenges our hearts and wants our hearts to reflect God’s heart. He is serious about this issue in that it is better to gouge out your eye and throw it away than to be thrown into hell due to our wandering and lustful eyes. God gives us the ability and strength to keep our eyes on Him, which will help us to keep our hearts pure.