“Need some radical surgery?” January 6

 

Do you need some radical surgery? - Do you need to perform some radical surgery before something in your life causes you to sin? Do you need to set some boundaries to protect your marriage or someone else's? What does the Bible say about divorce? Is it ever allowable? Is it OK if you're just not happy? And what about loving your enemies? Jesus addressed all these very real issues in the "Sermon on the Mount" in today's New Testament reading.Do you need to perform some radical surgery before something in your life causes you to sin? Do you need to set some boundaries to protect your marriage or someone else’s?

What does the Bible say about divorce? Is it ever allowable? Is it OK if you’re just not happy?

And what about loving your enemies? Jesus addressed all these very real issues in the “Sermon on the Mount” in today’s New Testament reading.

Have you wondered why God doesn’t seem to be blessing your plans? Has He, seemingly, withheld some promotion? Could it be that you failed to seek His wisdom beforehand and, merely, asked Him to bless what you wanted? Read more about this in “Hey, by the way, Lord …” from our Old Testament reading.

Also read about “The Lord Who Hears” and “The Fruit of Going Our Own Way.”

 

Today’s Readings:
Genesis 11 & 12
Psalm 4.1-3
Proverbs 1.28-33
Matthew 5.27-48

 

Need some radical surgery?

 

Matthew 5.27-48:

Surgery & Boundaries

 

There is so much in this section of the Sermon on the Mount.

In verses 27-30 Jesus talks about plucking out eyes and cutting off hands, what we sometimes refer to as “radical surgery.” He wasn’t advocating self-mutilation. He was using exaggeration to make the point that we need to get rid of things that cause us to sin.

For example, let’s say you work with someone to whom you feel attracted. Perhaps you start confiding in one another, going to lunch, etc. If either or both of you are married, it’s not appropriate! You need to cut it off, immediately!

We deceive ourselves into believing we’re not doing anything wrong and we can handle it, but it’s one of the snares of the devil. And if it has already gone too far, you need to find another job, get a transfer to another department, make yourself accountable, and, if you are married, confess it to your spouse (you may need to seek godly counsel about how to do this)! Radical, yes, but that’s exactly what Jesus was talking about here!

I’ve talked to many women and men caught up in sexual immorality. They often say the same thing, “I didn’t mean for this to happen!” But they failed to heed the warnings and do the necessary surgery.  Continue reading