And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better to enter heaven half blind than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell. Matthew 18:9 (NLT)
I know, it’s hyperbole, overstatement used to make the case.
But that doesn’t mean I can ignore it or undersell it (which is what I tend to do.) The opposite is true. Jesus was trying to make a BIG point.
While Jesus didn’t want his followers to be a bunch of eye-patched pirates, he did want us to take sin—especially our own personal sin—very seriously. Gouge-Your-Eye-Out seriously. Saw-Your-Hand-Off seriously.
Doing whatever it takes to eliminate sin in our lives, not justifying it or minimizing it or getting comfortable with it. Not ignoring teaching like this but attacking the sin in our lives with every tool we have at our disposal.
Maybe not actually using those two particular tools, but attacking sin with the same commitment and determination it would take to literally wield a handsaw or an eye-gouger.
Father, help me hate the sin in my life as much as you do and attack it in every way I can.