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Cutting Off Your Hand

Scripture
29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away! It is better to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into hell. 30 If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away! It is better to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into hell.

Matthew 5:29-30 NET

Observation
This Scripture commands the believer to perform some real extreme acts to deal with sin. However, ripping out eyes and cutting off hands to deal with sin isn’t something that has ever happened in mainstream Christianity.

Why? Because it is a metaphor. A metaphor that shows the severity of sin in our lives and how we should deal with it.

You shouldn’t just “love” it away. You shouldn’t just accept it because that is how your personality was formed. You should be proactive and get rid of it…don’t mess around. 

Like a deadly disease that keeps spreading when it goes unchecked, sin will continue to grow and cause more and more damage if you allow it to rule in your life, ultimately keeping you from eternal life.

Application
Again, don’t rip out your eyes or cut off your hand. But do examine your life and remove things that cause you to sin. 

Like…

Are there friends that entice you to do things that you shouldn’t? Are you watching TV shows that don’t honor God? Are you looking at things on the internet that keep you from God? Are you listening to music that glorifies everything in this world, but God? What are you reading? 

This might seem like a do and don’t list. But it is more than that. You are choosing to be purposeful in removing things in your life that keep you from fully living the life that God wants for you. 

Why wouldn’t you want to do that? Why would you want to continue to share your heart and mind with the world instead of giving it all to Jesus?

Instead, surround yourself with the things of God and see what happens. 

Prayer
Lord, help me to remove anything in my life that is not of You. Help me to remove anything that causes me to sin.  Help me instead to surround myself with things that honor and glorify You.

Peace
Todd

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