Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bible Verse of the Week: Mark 9:43,45,47

"If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell." Mark 9:43,45,47
I know someone with a frustration weakness. With his hands, he would play games or go on his computer. Often, he would lose on the games causing him to openly express unnecessary anger to the victors. Commonly, his computer would run very slowly causing him to become impatient and irritable to anyone who might venture to speak to him. God revealed his weakness; he decided to "cut off" both of the causes. I know of a teenage girl who has the weakness of low-tolerance. With her feet, she could dance and play backyard sports. Whenever she had to teach a new dancer a dance step, she would become impatient if the learning was not prompt and give up teaching to then dance "real" by herself. Likewise when her sisters asked her to teach them how to play basketball, she would become angry at their slowness and run off to play "real" basketball with friends. She prayed for God's strength to help her "cut off" the activities focused on herself and rather focus on others. A young man used his eyes to see ungodly movies, pictures, and women. He knew that what he was doing was wrong, but he did not try to stop because he thought that his weakness was too great for him to "cut off". These three individuals are not animated. You decide who is/are going to escape hell. The truth is, all weaknesses can be overcome and "cut off". With the strength from God, we can overcome anything on this world and thus avoid the fires of Hell. Wordly desires and weaknesses should not (and are not) be strong enough to keep us from following God, so just as you could decide who of the three individuals above was/were going to escape hell, you can decide whether you yourself will escape the eternal fire and live eternally in Heaven.

1 comment:

Josh said...

Good verse for the Bible verse of the week keep it up :)