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What did Jesus say about Immorality

What did Jesus say about immorality

Jesus addressed the issue of immorality, specifically sexual immorality, in various parts of the New Testament. Here are some key verses and teachings:

  1. Adultery and Divorce: Jesus emphasizes the sanctity of marriage and condemns adultery, stating, “everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery” (Matthew 5:32) .
  2. Heart’s Intentions: He also teaches that immorality starts in the heart, saying, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person” (Matthew 15:19-20) .
  3. Call to Repentance: In the story of the woman caught in adultery, Jesus demonstrates mercy and calls for personal repentance, saying, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more” (John 8:11) .

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Inner Purity: Jesus’ teachings extend beyond the external actions to the intentions and thoughts of the heart, emphasizing the importance of inner purity and the spiritual dimension of morality.
  2. Mercy and Repentance: While Jesus condemns sin, he also offers mercy and the opportunity for repentance, highlighting God’s desire for the sinner’s restoration rather than condemnation.
  3. Sanctity of Marriage: Jesus upholds the sanctity of marriage and sexual relations within its bounds, presenting marriage as a covenant not to be broken by infidelity.

These teachings of Jesus reflect a holistic view of morality that encompasses actions, thoughts, and the state of the heart, aiming towards a life in accordance with God’s will.


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