I read something this morning that has me a little uneasy and really thinking.
There's scripture that says something along the lines of "if your right eye causes you to sin cut it out because it's better to lose an eye than go to hell."
The actual passage is more eloquent than that but you get the gist.
This is VERY difficult for me because it could be argued that my eyes have been the number one source of sin in my life.
And just to add insult to injury Jesus said that sin happens BEFORE the actual act. In other words if you even have an adulterous thought you have sinned whether or not you ever act upon it.
Well that REALLY sucks.
Luckily for all of us sinners my interpretation of Jesus' words is that it's mostly a scare tactic to make us more aware of our thoughts. It sucks for me because I like to say gd on occasion but according to Jesus even if I stop myself from actually saying the words I've still sinned because I thought them. Well hell. I can't win.
Here's what I've decided. I'm not going to cut my eyes OR my tongue out. What I WILL attempt to do, though, is look upon others with a purer heart and attempt to change whatever thought processes that led to me wanting to say gd.
I'm pretty sure God's goal is not to make us all perfect but just to get us to try a little harder. I can do that.
And so can you. :-)