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“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 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 5:27-30 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the Bible

This is not a command to mutilate yourself. If we took this entire passage literally, there would be a lot of one eyed, one-handed Christians! Jesus was using hyperbole, or an exaggerated statement, to make a strong point about how serious the ultimate judgment of hell is. Our view of the future determines how we live today, so don’t minimize your actions—they affect you and those around you dramatically.

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