In Matthew 18:8-9 (NIV) Jesus says this, “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.”
I don’t know about you, but my hands and feet have caused me to sin and so have my eyes. Jesus uses hyperbole here to express the utter seriousness with which our triune God takes sin. And yet, we rarely take sin so seriously. If we did, we would regularly be on our knees in confession, seeking the Lord’s grace and forgiveness. How about you? Do you take sin seriously? Jesus gives us an important aspect of the solution in this passage. I hope and pray that you will join us this Sunday as we pursue the grace and forgiveness of Jesus and seek His empowerment to live in those kinds of relationships with one another.