“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’
by: Dale Rood.
Is something in your life leading you astray? In such cases, Jesus instructed us to “cut it off.” Do you struggle with a gambling addiction? Take steps to avoid places and opportunities to gamble. Or alcoholism? Take steps to avoid alcohol and get the help and support you need to do it. Is it getting as much money as you can? Try giving to others instead of seeing how much you can get for yourself. These are serious, life-altering choices, and Jesus uses the exaggeration of cutting off a body part to make His principle clear. In particular, He instructed us not to lead others, especially children, astray.