Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Plucking the Eyes

"If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell." (Matthew 5:29)

A cry of desperation reaches my ears – the sight of so many fallen, in tears. Too many of us, too many have not defeated the enemy – rather, we let our passions run our lives, or should I say we let our passions drive us deep into death’s grave. Why does the temptation to surrender to our loins so great – and why does it run the course of our whole earthly existence?

We have forgotten, we are blind to the truth, yet our eyes see all to clearly those things that are evil. Would we pluck out our eyes if it took this sin away? Would you take desperate action in order to remove lust from your flesh? We fall because we think we are strong – we fall because we think it does not matter.

Woe to us, woe to me for not plucking out my eyes, for not removing the opportunity for lust in my life. God! How long O Lord will it be, how long must I wage war! I am weary, I am covered in blood – O that I would be pure, O to never look at a woman and lust! Father, give me the strength to put my flesh to death, that I might truly live – the live of joy, the life of pure pleasure that you have for me – I am worthless without You, helpless without You. I am Your slave – You have commanded me, grant that I do what You have commanded.

"For all that is in the world--the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions--is not from the Father but is from the world." (1 John 2:16)


Daniel Slavich said...

I know a guy at school who gave his ethernet cable to a friend, severing his internent connection. His friend lets him use it for absolutely necessary and short times only.

Sorta like plucking the eyes.

Btw, how's thangs?

Sungkhum said...

That is a good example, though one might go even farther than that - I really think doing things like that are totally necessary for us as guys, to do all, that we might protect ourselves and keep ourselves pure before our Father - for His namesake, for our sake, for the sake of our wives (future or present), for the sake of our children, for the sake of the body of Christ.
Things are good - wow, so much is going on in my life - so many changes are on the horizon. I am excited, but at the same time a little scared. God will guide me and I trust that His plans are best. It truly it like trying to get a drink out of a fire-hydrant...

You are in my prayers - I'm glad we are able to write here, I'm sure this will be an encouragement to us over the years (if we keep it going that is ;)