If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away

Jesus says in Matthew 5:29-30 “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell”.

The Prince of Peace is empowering his people by his divine word to destroy sin at the very moment it become apparent. An urgent action is required so that the act of the sinful nature may not bear any fruit.

The Lord is asking his people to:

  • Become violent and not be at peace until the sin is thrown out completely.
  •  Acknowledge that sin exists and sinful nature is predominant in the members of our body.
  •  The greatest lose is to get lost in hell for eternity and the greatest gain is the salvation that has come down through Jesus. Guard your salvation.
  •  The power is within you to resist temptation.
  • Work on a double action strategy against temptation to commit sin – not just take it out but to destroy it completely by throwing it away.
  •  The members of your body are blessed and it is your duty to retain its blessedness by being aware of the urge to sin.
  •  Become diligent and vigilant for our fight is with indwelling sinful nature.

Is it that easy to resist temptation and come out clean every time we are tempted. Not at all, but by the power of the Holy Spirit all things are possible. A vigilant child of God who has made up his mind to say NO to temptation is greatly helped by the Holy Spirit in his moment of weakness. Jesus would have never commanded his people “to cut out and throw away” if the power had not been granted us to do so. What the Lord simply asking his people is to be vigilant and be sensitive to the slightest and dimmest voice of the temptation. It’s not easy to become sensitive in a day or two but by spending time in the presence of the Lord and learning from his word bring a special gift of discernment that helps us to know what is good and evil in the sight of the Lord.

Sin is ugly in its slightest form. If we keep accepting and recommending small and petty forms of sinful nature, one day the sensitivity to sin would disappear completely. World is indeed changing and the definitions are changing their meanings but sin remains sinful in all ages and generations. Sin is present much more than even before today….Are we sensitive enough to its slightest presence and firm enough to take it out and throw it away as per the Lord’s command?

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Prodigal son’s testimony: The Joy is mine

Joy was never lost but was hidden for a while.  I was happy to be on my own and didn’t even care about what I had left  behind. I kept walking on my own way and was happy to see the world with my own eyes. I saw helpless people standing on my way pleading for help, but I was too busy in my own world. To stop and help seemed a waste of time to me. Why should I hear their cry? They have their own destiny and after all, I am not responsible for everyone in this world.

I went on my own, fulfilling the desire of my heart. I never listened to anyone on my way, I was full of pride and somehow enjoyed it. Soon, I was successful and one success opened a door for another one. I became too busy with myself.

But I was not happy, despite the fact that I had achieved and gained much, I was empty inside. Why? I questioned myself. WHY?

Soon, I realized that I had no joy and peace. I was completely broken inside and had no courage to share my cry with others. I never listened to anyone, why should they listen to me now? I needed help but didn’t know who to ask.

I thought of going back to my home. Upon looking back, I realized that I was far from my own. I tried to find the footprints that would lead me home, but the time had erased them completely.

What should I do? In my anguish, I cried loud…I cried that someone will come to rescue me , and fill me with peace and joy..”O creator, where are you? Why am I dying in pain and anguish despite all worldly blessings? Am I destined to live this way. Soon my life will be over then what will happen to everything that I have achieved with hard work? Help me..Lord”.

After I had spoken to my creator, I felt a bit different. I had never felt that way in many years. I was wondering about what had happened to me that suddenly I heard someone knocking at my door. No one had visited me for years so I just ignored it. Then, I heard the knock again and again…Who is knocking at my door?  I reached out to open the door and saw someone standing there. He called me by my name and told me that he had come in answer to my cry.

I was surprised and asked the stranger, “How do you know me and know what I have been going through?.”  The stranger smiled and said, “I know you and also what you have been going through since I died for you. I fill you with my own peace and joy. This joy is mine. I give you what is mine and take what is yours. Walk in my joy.”

Suddenly, I felt that someone has taken away years of heaviness off my shoulders. I became a different person in a moment. I have received the joy of Jesus and this joy has become mine. No-one can take it away from me. THE JOY IS MINE.