Friday, January 7, 2011

Cutting Away - Matthew 18

Matthew 18
Causing to Stumble
6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! 8 If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
I believe Jesus was trying to get this point across. Nothing is worth going to hell over, even your own self.  If something you do or see causes you to stumble (i.e. do anything other than what God says is right) in anyway then it is best to cut it off, instead of letting it take you down a path that is dredged in darkness.

If looking at violent pictures makes you angry or depressed, then DON'T look at them.  If going out clubbing makes you drunk, sexually immoral, and other things, then DON'T do it.  Cut away what keeps your focus off of God and don't ever go back to it.  It's not worth it. Ever.

Honestly, why do people want to hold onto depresssion, fear, anger, rage, wrath, retalliation and all those evil works?  Your alternative is a God who can make you a whole person and a happy one.  I can testify to this, I've been letting go, one by one, of the things that cause me to stumble.  My life has been so much greater and happier than I was in the past.

Sometimes what God asks you to get rid of is not an easy thing.  Like offense towards a parent who wasn't a parent at all.  Or the person who murdered someone you love.  Or the parent who tried to kill you.  Are these people worth going to hell over? No.  Then I best forgive and release them from judgement.

Not worth going to hell for.

Amen.

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