Cut it off! Pluck it out!

April 4, 2019

“…but I say to you that everyone who [so much as] looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye makes you stumble and leads you to sin, tear it out and throw it away [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble and leads you to sin, cut it off and throw it away [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to go into hell” Matthew 5:28-30, Amplified.

My sister, if you have a friendship in your life that has become a source of temptation for you, you’re going to have to cut it off and remove yourself from that friendship. Anyone that takes you off the course God has you on, whether intentionally or unintentionally, they have to go! Jesus had strong words for us concerning this very thing. He said, if your right eye makes you stumble and leads you to sin, tear it out and throw it away [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”

Cut it off! Pluck it out! Those are strong words that reflect God’s attitude about sin. He’s saying don’t play around with it. Nothing’s worth you losing an eternal life with the Father. Anyone that is not leading you toward a growing relationship with the Lord, but is taking you down a road that is destructive, is not good for you. Anyone that influences you to behave out of character, is not good for you. Anyone that makes you want to sin instead of want to please God, it is not good for you to have a close and personal relationship with them.

It’s best to lose one friend than lose your eternal life with God.

Prayer: Father God, you and I both know what I struggle with. Help me to not play around with sin. I want to glorify you with my life. And if that means I have to remove myself from some relationships that aren’t good for me, then so be it. Strengthen me Lord and help me make wise decisions in my relationships. Bless me Lord with friends that are good for me and who influence me to do what’s pleasing to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Study 1 Corinthians 15:33; Proverbs 13:20)

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