Originally posted by Rick Thomas
The New Testament gives three broad categories to help think about and work through temptation. The resolution to debilitating short-term and life-long habits do not always happen the same way.
Not only are there different strokes for different folks, but there can be different strokes for each of person depending on how a specific temptation causes you to stumble. These three ways to overcome temptation and sin can intersect or overlap as you are working through a problem.
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 your members than that your whole body go into hell. – Matthew 5:30 (ESV)
In this passage, Jesus is teaching if your eye sins, you should pluck it out, or if your hand offends, you should cut it off and throw it away. He is using hyperbolic language that you should not take literally.
He is using “cut-off language” to give a picture of how to think about and respond to sin patterns and problems. Sometimes you should cut off things that tempt you to sin (2 Timothy 2:22). What do you need to cut out of your life?