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And If Thy Hand Offend Thee...

"And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:" —Mark 9:43
Supposing you have an alcoholic, or, if you prefer, a recovered or recovering alcoholic.  What is the advice given to the person who is overcoming their addiction to alcohol?  The advice, and quite sensibly, is to stay away from the bars, the pubs, the clubs.

An AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meeting, would not be held in a table at the bar, or in the function room of a pub.  An alcoholic also looks for other forms of activity than the ones they engaged in whilst alcohol ran their lives.  Those situations which directly involved alcohol, making up so much power and a part of their former life, are avoided.  Different hobbies, sometimes old hobbies from their youth are instead adopted.  Different ways of living are taken on.

So It Is With Sin And A Christian

"And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:" —Mark 9:45 

Many Christians struggle with their own personal sins.  One Christian often sins differently than another Christian.

If a weakness is gambling, then we could look to AVOID the bookmakers.  Perhaps even chosing a different route home.  Avoiding situations where gambling takes place.  Removing the temptation.  Cutting it off.

If a weakness is to behold strange women, then perhaps we have to consider OVOIDING situations where the temptation occurs in the first place, situations where it's encouraged.  Perhaps it's looking at un-wholesome pictures on a mobile phone, or un-wholesome videos.  If we can't stop ourselves, then cut it OUT of our lives.  Perhaps the solution, is to remove internet access on the mobile phone.  Perhaps the solution is to have a mobile phone which can take and make calls and texts only.

Perhaps it's the crowd we associate with, encouraging us to listen to music which blasphemes the Lord.

Where does our foot take us?  To ungodly places where really, we have no business going, and truthfully, we know better?

Cut It Off, Pluck It Out, From our Lives

One does not have to cut off the physical members of ones body, but one DOES have to cut off that which causes them to sin in this life.  One has to remove it from their lives.

The hand which offends by violence.  Avoid the crowd and situation which tempts us to do this.

The eye which offends by beholding strange women.  Avoid the situations which give an invite to these temptations. 

"And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:" —Mark 9:47

A Great Preacher Once Said

A great preacher once said that he has no trouble with beholding women on the beach in the summertime, because, he has a simple solution.  He simply does not GO to the beach!

Perhaps it's something to consider in all our lives.  Whether it's the crowd that makes us gossip.  The access to too many cookies in the fridge (Proverbs 23:2), look to avoid purchasing them.  Self control can be difficult when the temptation is there!

To make the change required in our lives to start anew, so that we may enter Paradise, without the loss of rewards, from things in our lives that we would not remove, is something that many, if not all of us, could consider.

 "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed." — Proverbs 13:20

13th August 2018


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