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?