“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 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. 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.” - Matthew 5:27-30
Put your machete, scalpels and hacksaws away! No self-surgery is happening today! When you get to the meat of what Jesus told us to do, it’s this: “Get rid of ANYTHING that causes you to sin”.
For some of us, that may be our smartphone, or as they have come to be known by many men, “Portable Porn Viewer”. So what if you traded in your fancy phone for a simple one that did talk/text ONLY? Crazy?? Personally, I think going to hell for a phone is crazy... but that’s just me.
Some of us may really struggle with social media, envying, getting angry with and judging others. So, if that is you, TURN IT OFF! Deactivate your account! I turned off my Facebook several months ago when it became a problem and I have really enjoyed living without it. Don’t think you can?? Ask yourself, “what did I do a few years ago when it didn’t exist??”
The point is this: GET SERIOUS about things that are causing you to stumble. It doesn’t have to be a forever thing. Maybe one day you can pick it back up. But get real about what is messing with your life and TODAY, take decisive action against it.
In my life at different times, I have:
- Turned off my cable TV
- Turned off my home internet
- Traded a smart phone for a “dumb” phone
- Quit Facebook
- Thrown sweets away
Get serious. Do it NOW.
This one is a little sensitive. If you want to be courageous, you can share here in the comments what you are “cutting off”. If not, just say, “I did SOMETHING” and we’ll rejoice with you!