Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 20, 2017

Lusts

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:06 am

Matthew 5:27-30 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 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. (NIV)

 Jesus didn’t mean literally to cut off our hand or gouge out our eye.  What He was telling us is, in any area we are tempted, stay away from that area.  If we are tempted to adultery, we avoid being in any situation where that would be possible.  If we are tempted to get drunk, we avoid drinking alcohol.  If we are tempted to steal someone else’s money, we don’t touch any body’s money.  We know our desires.  We know what God’s word says about these desires.  If our desire would separate our fellowship with God, we stay away from that desire and fill it with something else.  Gouging out our eye means not letting our eye wander where it shouldn’t.  Cutting off our hand means only putting our hands where they will glorify God.  No, that doesn’t mean our hands can’t do menial chores.  We still have to do dishes and take out the garbage.  We don’t use our hands to hurt others or take things from others.  We do use them to give to others.  The essence of what Jesus said is in all we see and do, let it be to glorify God.

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