Daily Devotion – March 20, 2017

Matthew 5:29-30

And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

 

Maintaining an undefiled thought life demands strict self-discipline. Jesus taught that if any part of our body causes us to sin, it would be better to lose that member during life rather than to lose one’s soul to eternity. The words of Jesus are literal to the extent that if it were necessary to lose a member rather than one’s soul, then we should gladly part with the member. Fortunately it is never necessary, since the Holy Spirit empowers a believer to live a holy life. However, there must be cooperation and rigid discipline on the believer’s part.

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