“If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire” (Matthew 18:8).
The good news is the negative behaviors of one’s life, that would cause others to stumble, can be corrected. The remedy prescribed by Jesus in Matthew 5:27-30 for the protection of individuals from sexual objectification, he now offers as a safeguard for the impressionable and vulnerable intersecting our lives each day. Though utilizing hyperbole, it captures how seriously Jesus considers the abuse of our influence. It begs the question, “What practice, habit, liberty, association, or freedom do I need to put away that the life of someone else might be strengthened?”