Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cutting the Sin from One's Body

    Today’s Reading:
  • Matthew 5:27-48
  • Psalm 6:1-10

Matthew 5:27-48
This chapter continues to be a hard one to swallow. It is better to cut off a sinful body part than for your entire body to burn in hell. Now that’s powerful stuff! Too powerful. I don’t know if I can ever live up these expectations. Or, if I can, it’s going to take a lifetime to master, so I sure hope I have a long life.

Then there are the verses on divorce (31:32) that says one is committing adultery by marrying a divorced woman. Does that make me an adulteress? After all, this is my second marriage.  Does my marriage count in the eyes of God?

In verse 38:42 we are taught about revenge, and turning the other cheek. Yup, I have a lot of work to do there, too! Finally, verse 43:48 stress about loving our enemies. It’s hard to remember sometimes that God loves everyone, especially those that are lost. It’s not our place to pass our own judgments. I try really hard at that one, although it’s very hard when anger grips you to keep that in mind, isn’t it?

Psalm 6:1-10
More from David. This time he’s sick with grief and weeping about his enemies, begging for the Lord to return to him. What did he do? More questions, I guess, until I read the story of David for myself.

I’m really enjoying my readings, but I have to say parts of it are real hard to swallow. It forces me to become accountable for my life. No longer can I hide. I know that the readings will get easier, and as I read more I’ll understand more and learn more that will help me to turn my life around. I have truly started to change my life. There’s no turning back now!

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