When Jesus said to “pluck” out the sinning eye, obviously He didn’t mean to physically mutilate the body. It is rather a statement of hyperbole to help us understand that the sin of lust isn’t your friend; it’s your deadly enemy. He then said that after you have plucked it out, to cast it from you. In other words don’t leave it lying around where you can put it back in. That’s what David should have done when he first eyed Bathsheba. But he didn’t, because he didn’t fear God.
The Bible tells us that it is through the fear of the Lord and men depart from sin, and it’s because of a love for sin that men depart from the fear of the Lord.
Look at how the commandments are tied in with the fear of God:
“The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward” (Psalm 19:8-1).
So Strive to be like the Psalmist, who said, “My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgment” (Psalm 119:120), and make a habit you will never regret—soak your soul in Holy Scripture. Read the Bible daily--so that you maintain the scriptural revelation of the true nature of your Creator. Miss your food, sleep, and drink, rather than miss even one day of reading the Word of God.
To be continued...