Jesus’ Teaching on Temptation

Thursday, February 17, 2022

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8-9 “If your hand or your foot gets in the way of God, chop it off and throw it away. You’re better off maimed or lame and alive than the proud owners of two hands and two feet, godless in a furnace of eternal fire. And if your eye distracts you from God, pull it out and throw it away. You’re better off one-eyed and alive than exercising your twenty-twenty vision from inside the fire of hell.

-Matthew 18:8-9 The Message

Verse 8: “And if your hand or your foot is causing you to sin, cut it off and throw it away from you; it is better for you to enter life maimed or without afoot, than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into the eternal fire.

Verse 9: And if your eye is causing you to sin, tear it out and throw it away from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fiery hell.

Verses 8-9 studies: Don’t panic! When Jesus says to cut your foot off or pluck your eye out, that doesn’t mean you do it. What Jesus is saying here is to remove all obstacles that are a threat to your spiritual wellbeing. That includes any teaching, programs, or person in your church that threatens your spiritual growth. People that you may have any relationship, practice, or activity with that leads to sin should be stopped. Jesus said it is better to go to heaven with one hand than to hell with both. Sin affects more than our hands; it affects our minds and hearts.

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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