Bible Reading: Matthew 18:7-9
What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin. Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting. So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It's better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown in to the eternal fire with both of your hands and feet. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It's better to enter eternal life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
In today's scripture Jesus is giving a stern warning about temptations that cause us to sin. His warning is so severe that he goes on to say "cut off the body part that is causing you to sin". Jesus is warning us that a life of sin will lead to eternity in hell and nothing is worth that!
I have met people who think hell is not a real place. They seem to think that they can live however they want and still reach heaven. I have even heard people say that God is too loving to send anyone to hell. God is full of grace yes, but the Word is clear that you must know Him as Savior and Lord to reach heaven.
John 3:3 "Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Temptations come to us all at times. We can be tempted by friends, money, success, family, etc. But we are told in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that, "The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure".
BUT ..... in order to see "the way out" we need to have our focus on Jesus. When we are not reading His Word, and talking with Him in prayer, we can become bewildered, confused, and unaware of being able to see the open way that Jesus is providing to get out of the temptation.
Heaven is real but unfortunately so is hell. As a matter of fact the word tells us that hell needed to be enlarged (that is a sad thought) Isaiah 5:14. Satan is constantly trying to suck you in with temptations that are all around. Keep your eyes on Jesus and your mind stayed upon Him and His Word. Then when the temptations arise - you will see the opening that God is providing for the way out.
Thank you Jesus for always watching over me. Thank you for speaking to me, guiding me and loving me. When I am tempted, you always provide a way. You are true to Your Word. I love you!