128. Don’t Look

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“It wasn’t uncommon,” Stan began, “for Jesus to say some strong things to make a simple point.”

“Anything particular in mind?” I asked.

“Yes. In the fifth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel Jesus is talking about stumbling into sin.  He said that if my eye causes me to sin, I am to tear it out and throw it away.”

“That’s tough talk,” I said.

“That’s what I am talking about,” Stan said, “strong language to make a simple point.”

Continuing, Stan said, “What this says to me is that if what I look at causes me to stumble into sin, I am not to look at it.”

“And, boy, is there a lot of stuff to look at that can cause me to stumble.”

“Books, magazines, the internet.  Even people.  This list goes on and on,” Stan added.

“If I am not constantly aware of the danger of what I look at, or how I look at something or someone, I am headed for trouble.”

Continuing, Stan said, “It is not about the possibility of losing my salvation, but it is certainly about losing my effectiveness in being a witness on this side of eternity.”

“Don’t want to do that, so I purposefully call upon the Holy Spirit to help me in what I do and do not look at.”

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And if your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out, and throw it from you.  Matthew 5:29.

Prayer:  Lord, you know how I constantly am tempted to look at things and people in ways you do not want.  I need and I ask for your constant help to avoid stumbling in ways that will impact what you have for me to be and to do on this side of eternity.  Thank you that you want to help.  Please lead me in asking for all of the help you can and will provide.  Thank you that I can and do come before you in the name of Jesus.

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