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I cannot imagine losing my hand by accident, leave alone intentionally chopping it off. As I write this, I am thinking of the pain I feel when my nail breaks into the flesh of my finger, it’s usually unbearable. I know of a friend who lost his arm in a road accident, I still don’t believe it happened. One moment he was driving happily the next he was in hospital being amputated. No one wishes for such pain. Now imagine waking up one morning and intentionally cutting off your arm because you do not like the things it makes you do. Imagine making the decision to go through the pain and live without a very important part of your body with an aim of achieving a greater goal. Personally I cannot even imagine cutting off my hair, as painless as can be.
‘If your right eye causes you to sin, 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 sin, 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 depart into hell.’ Matthew 5:29-30
Imaginations aside, let’s deal with our realities. The eye and the right hand in the verses above represent a lot of things that seem important in our lives, things that we hold on to yet they are causing us to sin. It may be a relationship, a habit, a job, a business, a website, each one of us knows what the hand and the eye represent in our lives. Cutting them off is painful, just like it would be to gauge out your eye. I remember the times I have had to let go of relationships and friendships, very painful seasons, filled with tears and regret, but looking back now, I thank God for chopping off those hands because it made me a better Christian.
God is calling us to true repentance, which calls for a deliberate change of behavior. The adulterous woman in the Bible was not told to go and physically cut off her hands or any body part, she was told to go and sin no more, this means she was to go and change her behavior, start living right. When David committed adultery, he did not cut off his hands; instead he repented before the Lord and asked for cleansing. Joseph’s brothers sinned and asked for forgiveness. This means that we need to cut off sin, we need to cut off waywardness and lukewarmness in our lives. It doesn’t matter how thick the sin has grown, it can be cut off, in true repentance and submission. It is painful to let go, the process may seem impossible, but with God by our side, we are made whole.
Once we give our lives to Jesus, the old man dies and the new man comes alive. The old man has to be cut off for one to enjoy freedom in Christ. We cannot free ourselves, we cannot cut ourselves off from sin; we depend on the power of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom of God to resist the devil. I still ask myself why Jesus had to use such graphic illustrations, but I know it is because of the seriousness of sin. The wages of sin is death. We need to stop risking eternity with earthly pleasures that need to be cut off. So take the knife, cut it off, go through the pain, for a painless eternity.
Now, what is it that you need to gouge out or cut off?