The meaning of lust

Mat 5:27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.
Mat 5:28 “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust1937 for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

From the Strong’s Concordance:

G1937
ἐπιθυμέω
epithumeō
ep-ee-thoo-meh’-o
From G1909 and G2372; to set the heart upon, that is, long for (rightfully or otherwise): – covet, desire, would fain, lust (after).
(emphasis added)

I’ve been meditating and praying through Matthew 5, and the Lord is showing me the link between lust, adultery and idolatry. When we look at a person or an image to lust, we are worshiping that image, we’re setting our hearts upon that image or person instead of the Lord. Epithumeo comes from two greek words, epi, which means upon, and thumos, which means passion, or literally, “breathing hard.”

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