The Ten Commandments | Adultery, Loyalty, and Love
The Seventh Commandment
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Exodus 20: 14
The seventh commandment about adultery forbids not only acts of impurity, but also thoughts leading to it. Christ declared that the evil thought is as sinful as the actual unlawful deed.
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This commandment forbids not only acts of impurity, but sensual thoughts and desires, or any practice that tends to excite them. Purity is demanded not only in the outward life but in the secret intents and emotions of the heart. Christ, who taught the far-reaching obligation of the law of God, declared the evil thought or look to be as truly sin as is the unlawful deed. ~ Patriarchs and Prophets, Page 308
When the thought of evil is loved and cherished, however secretly, said Jesus, it shows that sin still reigns in the heart. The soul is still in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity. He who finds pleasure in dwelling upon scenes of impurity, who indulges the evil thought, the lustful look, may behold in the open sin, with its burden of shame and heart-breaking grief, the true nature of the evil which he has hidden in the chambers of the soul. The season of temptation, under which, it may be, one falls into grievous sin, does not create the evil that is revealed, but only develops or makes manifest that which was hidden and latent in the heart. As a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he;” for out of the heart “are the issues of life.” Proverbs 23: 7; 4: 23. ~ Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, Page 60