Bible · Christianity · King James Version · Religion

Pluck Out Your Offensive Eye

Matthew 18:8-11 says,

“8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.

9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.”

This passage might not be literally talking about removing limbs or organs that offend God, but we should be able to remove the music, television, websites, movies, politics, news, food, video games, lust, anger, envy, pride, time wasting activities, gluttony, and other actions, emotions, or hobbies that cause us to sin. 

It would be better for us to be physically maimed than spiritually weakened. This should be eye opening (no pun intended).

Verse 10 warns us against despising children. There is a current #SaveOurChildren campaign across social media that is actively working to raise awareness about child abuse and trafficking. 

Verse 11 is the pinnacle of this passage. Jesus Christ came to save the lost. Each of us has been lost at one point or another. That means that Jesus did not just come to earth to die for all of us, but each of us. He died for me. He died for you. He died for your neighbor, family member, and friend. He died for your worst enemy. He died for the rioters and looters, Republicans and Democrats, Biden and Trump. 

He paid the ultimate price to save each and every single one of us.

If Jesus Christ could die as a sacrifice to save our souls from eternal damnation, should we not be able to pluck out an eye to keep from offending Him?

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