Scripture Reading: Mark 9:47-48
And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Reflections: Three times Jesus speaks of life hereafter this present life. He proves this future life to be twofold. The first He calls hell and describes it as a place of unquenchable fire filled with worms. The second he labels as the kingdom of God and goes further to submit that this is a place to be desired, implying that it is a place of pleasure. In his submission, Jesus makes it clear that to avoid going to the place of fire and worms, one needs to deal with what entices them to sin. Figuratively he refers to these enticing elements as either the hand, the foot or the eye. According to Jesus, as long as any of these will be active to draw you into sin, there is the need to cut them off. Jesus was thus emphasizing the importance of identifying and disengaging from what causes you to sin habitually. By doing this, you set yourself on the path which will lead you into the kingdom of God (heaven), the place of pleasure, after your present life comes to an end. It is dangerous to fraternize with what entices you to sin!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to deal with what entices me to sin
Confession: I don’t allow what entices me to sin to prevail. I cut them off my life.