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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, April 2, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Jesus used startling language to stress the importance of cutting sin out of our life. Painful self-discipline is required of his true followers. Giving up a relationship, job, or habit that is against God’s will may seem just as painful as cutting off a hand. Our high goal, however, is worth any sacrifice; Christ is worth any possible loss. Nothing should stand in the way of faith. We must be ruthless in removing sin from our life now in order to avoid being suffering for eternity. Make your choices from an eternal perspective. (NLT)
Mark 9:43-48 – [Jesus said] “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better to enter heaven with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands. If your foot causes you to sin, cut if off. It is better to enter heaven with only one foot than to be thrown into hell with two feet. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out. It is better to enter the Kingdom of God half blind than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, ‘where the worm never dies and the fire never goes out.’”
If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. –Mark 9:43 (NIV)
Here is a portion of John Helmiere’s (Washington) story:
“. . . In Mark 9, Jesus teaches us that repentance is more than simply apologizing. When Jesus uses the image of cutting off a part of ourselves where sin has made a home, I hear him saying that true repentance requires us to confront our past sin and to make a change. Jesus’ grace brings new life to each of us and also to our communities.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God’s transforming grace is always available to me.
Prayer: Gracious God, grant us the courage to confront the sin in our lives and in our communities. Give us the strength to change ourselves and our world for the better. Amen.
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