And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
Have you heard the saying, 'He's my right hand man'? In truth, Jesus is seated at the right Hand of God. Therein, your right hand can be your closest family, friend or advisor: your go-to person for a job well done.
But what if your right hand starts dealing dirty, stacking decks or taking bribes? What if your right hand starts acting independently, even traitorously? Like it's not even part of your body? 'For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there' (James 3:16). Should you join in the game, look away, or cut it off?
Jesus gives instructions for an erring brother: 'If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that 'by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.' And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church...' (Matthew 18:15-17), cut him off.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: 'Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those
who call on the Lord out of a pure heart' (2 Timothy 2:22). 'Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character' ' (1 Corinthians 15:33).
King David put it this way: 'Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers' (Psalm 141:4).
Is it easy to cut off a right hand man? Little could be harder. But consider what Paul said: 'I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus' (1 Corinthians 5:5).
In other words, the 'cut off' person may return to glory like the Prodigal Son. In the meantime, your purpose as a soldier continues, undistracted and undefiled.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.