“If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.” Matthew 5:29 -30
Divorce lawyers know the divorce rates related to pornography and the problems it causes. That’s the danger of pornography: What appears to be a harmless and often secret act can lead to severe repercussions in our relationships – especially with our spouse. I can’t tell you the number of young married couples in our church struggling with normal sexual intimacy because of the husband’s use of porn. Why? Because there is no woman on the face of the earth, no matter how beautiful, who can compete with the sexual fantasies porn provides. This is the demonic power of pornography.
John Mayer, a popular musician who’s constantly surrounded by Hollywood hottest leading ladies, recently confessed to being drawn more to porn than to real-life relationships. It’s a very powerful addiction and one that Jesus knew was serious. So Jesus gave us a rather graphic visual in Matthew chapter 5 to make His point. Now Jesus was not advocating actually slicing off hands and eyes because we lust or engage in pornography. He was simply communicating the seriousness of the sin of lust that if not dealt with through a kind of radical surgery, it can consume our lives.
Is your marriage struggling because of your use of porn? There is freedom from porn and it begins by simply coming to God and confessing your struggle with this sin. Thankfully, we can all take comfort in the fact that Christ already took on all our guilt and shame at the cross and offers complete forgiveness if we repent and turn from our sins. This promise even includes lust, porn and the relational damage it causes. What are you waiting for? Don’t dismiss it or hide it any longer – acknowledge it. Confess it to God and ask for the saving power of Christ to transform your heart and your marriage.