HOST: Michael Whitworth
If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
Is Jesus seriously suggesting that we should resort to mutilating our bodies for the sake of avoiding sin? Not necessarily, but there are two very important principles that Jesus is trying to impress upon us with this harsh imagery. First, He is making the point that there is nothing in this world, even including our own physical lives or bodies, that is more important or that should be valued more than our eternal salvation. Second, He is making the point that if there is something in our lives that is coming between us and our faithfulness to God, that thing should be removed (unplugged, disconnected, gotten rid of, severed) from our lives. The point is that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that is more important than spending eternity in heaven with God, and our lives should reflect that great truth!
Why is heaven and eternal salvation so important?
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