Cutting out Sin


                “And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell” (Mathew 5: 30) 


                Sin is the act of willfully disobeying God.  Sin is serious because it separates us from our heavenly Father.  God loves all of His children; He therefore commands us to discard sinful practices, that we might be reunited with Him through the blood of Jesus Christ.  Believers must abandon grievous sins, such as fornication, adultery, drunkenness, lying, stealing, lewdness, etc.  If we want to live, we must cut away the dead portions of our flesh.

                In April of 2003, an experienced mountain climber named Aaron Ralston was hiking alone in a remote mountain pass in Utah.  While maneuvering through one of the crevices, a giant boulder dislodged and pinned his arm against the canyon wall; for days he attempted to free himself.  He hadn’t told anyone where he was going; he knew no one would be looking for him.  When he ran out of water, Aaron was faced with a terrible choice […] He could severe his arm with an ill-equipped pocket knife; or he could keep his arm and slowly die.  The only thing standing between Aaron and the rest of his life were two bones, several muscles, and some tendons in his forearm.  He chose to break both bones in his arm and to saw through his own flesh with the dull knife.  After nearly 127 hours of confinement, he left his severed limb behind and climbed out of the canyon; he was rescued and made a full recovery.  Until that day, Aaron had lived selfishly.  He had been a ‘loner’ who pushed others away.  Shortly after his experience he came to believe that the boulder had been waiting for him his entire life (that it was meant to transform him.)  He said, “I left my hand behind in that canyon, but I gained my life back.”  His experience allowed him to see what was truly important.  He began emphasizing personal relationships; he got married and started a family.  He now travels the world telling other people about his inspiring experience. 

                Like Aaron, there are boulders in our lives; giant rocks that pin us down and keep us from knowing complete freedom.  If we have entered again in to serious sin, and we have been separated from God then we have some cutting to do.  Cut away the dead flesh and you will live.  Ask God to reveal to you any sinful practices that have crept back in to your life and He will.  How you respond to what you find, is up to you.  May God help us all to make the right choice.

                “Lord Heavenly Father we recognize that sin can cause us to become separated from You.  We know that we have received forgiveness through Your Son, but we understand that it is our duty to refrain from willful acts of disobedience.  If we have become defiant, correct us; help us to let go of our sins, that we might continue in fellowship with You.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you.

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