Some days I want to amputate my toes

That sounds radical, but Jesus said, “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire.” (Matthew 18:9)

Two of the toes on my left foot were injured in Africa and never healed properly. The two smallest ones on my right foot were broken. Some days the discomfort makes me want to cut off those toes.

The Bible says if a body part causes you to sin, then cut it off.

How could toes cause someone to sin? I might use my feet to walk or drive someplace to steal. Or play tennis when I should have driven to church. My feet could carry me to a doughnut shop when I should be on a diet. There are many ways our feet might cause us to sin, and toes are a part of feet.

My toes make me grumpy so I complain about the problem. Grumbling is a sin, too.

Jesus wants us to hate the sin in our lives so much that we are willing to give it up at all costs. We should desire to puck it out or cut it off.

That sounds painful.

So maybe we should ask Jesus to perform the surgery.




About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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