Cut it off

“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 go into hell”
(Matthew 5:29-30)

 

Reflection:
Jesus is dramatically clear in His teaching that sin is not to be taken lightly. Sin separates us from God. Unconfessed sin is a barrier in our relationship with Him. Habitual sin keeps us from being who we could be. Simply put

“the wages of sin is death”
 (Romans 6:23)

If we carry any sin in our lives then Lent is a good opportunity to acknowledge it and bring it to God. If it is a habitual sin or bondage or unpleasant characteristic here is a moment in time when we can ask God to forgive us, set us free and replace it with something good, healthy and lovely.

We also carry areas in our lives which resemble the field Jesus described in the parable of the Sower. There will be hard and unfeeling paths, rocky outcrops and parts overrun with the weeds of the world. How much better would we feel and be if they were ploughed up and replanted.

Response:
Ask God to show you where He wants to work within you this Lent, invite Him to do so , and keep praying that He will cleanse and heal you.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, be my Light and Life and Love in new ways this Lent. I open myself to You and ask You to cleanse and heal and renew me, especially in these areas …….. Thank You Lord. Amen.

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