Words from the Heart for Friday May 1st, 2020
If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away… And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
Matthew 5:29-30 (NIV)
Throw it Away
‘Waste’ does not exist in nature. Ecological systems continually recycle water, minerals and nutrients through an interplay between sunlight energy, primary producers like plants, consumers like animals and decomposers like bacteria. A recent study states that Canadians produce more garbage per capita than any other country on earth. Canadians generate approximately 31 million tonnes of garbage a year and only recycle about 30% of that material. This means that each Canadian generates approximately 2.7 kg of garbage each day.
We live in a throw away world. Groceries stores are trying to get away from using plastic bags, so we use reusable bags to carry our groceries, much of which are wrapped in plastic that we then throw away. We wear clothes for a while and then toss them into huge plastic bags to take to the local Mission Thrift Store. There is an interesting teaching by Jesus about throwing something away, and it is a positive thing. Listen to what He says in Matthew 5:29-30: “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away… And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.” Jesus isn’t speaking literally of course. He doesn’t expect you to gouge out your eye or cut off your hand. But He is warning us that we need to guard ourselves from sin. If we are tempted by something we see, and fall into sin because of it, we need to start guarding our eyes, and do all we can to stop being in situations where we see what tempts us. The same principle applies to things we touch.
These have been words from the heart.