Matthew 5:29 tellls us in the KJV: And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Do you think that Jesus is literal with this? Does He really mean to pluck out your eye? I believe yes He does mean that and no he does not. Let me explain. Notice that the verse does not tell you to cut out both of your eyes. How is it possible to see something sinful with only one eye? I also believe that the Lord wants Agapao love. Remember that Agapao love is sacrificial love. Our Lord demonstrates this love with John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Love in this chapter is that Agapao love that I am talking about. I have written about the kinds of love used in the Bible here http://justbeyondthebend.com/an-ancient-way-of-thinking-love/ (feel free to copy and paste in your browser) if you would care for a refresher on this subject. I hope that we will have the resolve to want sin out of our life so badly, we are willing to get radical with it. Remember, we aren’t doing this to go to heaven. If you get radical to remove sin it is because you are breaking your Savior’s heart.
If we are willing to cut out our eye (one eye) to keep from sinning, we will not use our eyes for sin. I would encourage everyone to be so desperate to remove sin from ourselves that we are willing to go through life maimed. Many of us aren’t willing to be inconvenienced let alone do without pleasure. If we don’t want to be inconvenienced we certainly don’t want to deny ourselves anything. If when we are tempted to use our eyes for sin we remind ourselves that we will turn ourselves in to a spouse (or someone we respect), or cut out our eye, that sin won’t seem so enjoyable. All sin seems enjoyable for awhile. The Bible tells us that it grows and grows until we are consumed James 1:15
If you are in sin it is not too late. Jesus can redeem anyone, if you don’t believe that He can redeem you then you believe he is lying when He says that He can. Romans 10:9