Matthew 5:29-30. Downfall. 10 Jan 2023
Mat 5:29 If your right eye should be your downfall, tear it out and throw it away;
for it will do you less harm to lose one part of yourself than to have your whole body thrown into hell.
30 And if your right hand should be your downfall, cut it off and throw it away;
for it will do you less harm to lose one part of yourself than to have your whole body go to hell.
Jesus comes with two very similar sentences. First the question: "What could make my 'whole body' go to hell"? What could cause my downfall?
It could be my right eye or hand.
Actually when it is at hand, I will know what causes my downfall. It happens when I hide the truth about myself. It happens when I pull others into sin. Most ultimately, when I do not let God be God.
My downfall does not require a belief in hell. Still I may be aware of a potential downfall.
Jesus, give me the strength not to deny you.
I need to believe in God's promises. I need to give up what hinders.