I think the title is a hard question for everybody. We care so much about things in our lives and people in our lives we hesitate to eliminate those things or stop talking to people that cause us issues. I think all of us have either things in our lives that cause us to act wrong. We all probably have people in our lives that cause to do things or say things we shouldn’t. So when do you cut those things or people our of your life?
Matthew 5:29-30 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
The above verse talks about cutting body parts off and throwing them away if they cause to sin. Because it is better to go to heaven with one less part than go to hell with your body intact. Since this is a metaphor I believe this pertains to the things in our lives and also people in our lives that cause us issues or cause us to sin. What if every time we interact with a certain person we get angry, fight, or continually get hurt? Wouldn’t this verse pertain to those kind of circumstances?
Yes the bible tells us in Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter approached him and asked, “Lord, how many times must I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? As many as seven times?” “I tell you, not as many as seven,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven. and I agree with that. We should try to forgive as many times as we can but isn’t there a point that we come to that says enough is enough? Being taken advantage of or hurt shouldn’t last our entire life. So I think the verse above applies to those times. We should still forgive but I don’t think when we get to those points that we need to hold onto things or people that we need to cuts ties with. We should forgive but that doesn’t mean things have to stay the same.
The verse below I believe also ties into the subject we are talking about due to the fact that Jesus is saying here that God prunes away things in our lives that do not produce fruit. So those things and or people that cause us to not produce the things God has called us to produce He trims away. So as long as we stay connected to Jesus and God helps us trim off the bad in our lives we will be able to produce what God has called us to produce. That will probably look different for different people but God intends it all for good.
John 15:1-8 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Every branch in me that does not produce fruit he removes, and he prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me. If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples.
Remember to pray in those circumstances so you don’t do something that you will regret. God will guide you in what to do when the times comes.
Be Blessed, Dave