Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
"I pummel my body and lead it as a slave, that, after I have preached to others, I myself should not become disapproved somehow" (1 Corinthians 9:27)
In order to preserve his life, a person is likely to be willing to have a limb surgically amputated. The figurative 'throwing away' of the eye and the hand is vital for us to avoid immoral thinking and actions that can cost us our spiritual life. (Matthew 5:29, 30) Keeping mentally, morally, and spiritually clean is the only way to escape the everlasting destruction symbolized by Gehenna. Because of inherited sin and imperfection, maintaining moral cleanness requires effort. Let us therefore be determined to apply Jesus' counsel on morality, never allowing ourselves to act in ways that show a lack of gratitude for his ransom sacrifice.—Matthew 20:28; Hebrews 6:4-6.
(Watchtower issue: 2/15/09, 2:13, 14)