129. Don’t Touch

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“Yesterday,” Stan began, “we talked about my need to not look where I am not supposed to look in order to avoid stumbling into sin.”

“Yes, we did,” I replied.  “A modern-day plucking of the eye.”

Continuing, Stan said, “There was a second part of Jesus’ tough talk to make a point about another way to avoid stumbling.”

“What’s that?” I asked

“Touching or not touching.”

“Jesus said to cut off my hand if it causes me to stumble.  To me, that means that if touching with my hand causes me to stumble, don’t touch.”

“And,” Stan continued, “there can be a double whammy where I pick up something I shouldn’t pick up in order to look at something I shouldn’t look at.”

“If alcohol is a problem for me that can lead to my stumbling, I shouldn’t touch it.”

“If another person can be a problem for me that may lead to stumbling, I am not to touch that person.”

“On and on it goes,” Stan said.  “I am sure you can think of numerous examples of things you should not touch.  Things that may lead you to stumble.”

“A very long list,” I responded.

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And if your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off, and throw it from you.  Matthew 5:30.

Prayer:  Lord, you know how easy it is for me to touch where you do not want me to touch.  I need and I ask for your help with all of the temptations that confront me in this regard.  I want only to touch what you have for me to touch.  Please, Lord, lead me and help me to follow.  Thank you that I can and do come before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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