My Paul has no eyes. Jesus said it would be better for us to be like Paul, having no eyes, than to sin:
If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. Matthew 5:29
The following is a true story.
On Thursday a box of 10 Hostess Ho Hos made it into the van. Three children and one adult each had one, leaving six. The rest were being saved for ‘movie night’ on Friday.
One child simply could not stop thinking about those Ho Hos.
While the rest of the family was distracted with dinner guests Thursday evening, that child ate four more Ho Hos. This same child also ate the last two for breakfast the next morning.
So, this child disobeyed mom, stole something that wasn’t his, considered his own desires ahead of his siblings, did not practice self-control, and allowed his eyes and his thoughts to constantly come back to what was tempting him. These are typical, childish sins, of course. But they were sins.
Paul has never been tempted to steal Ho Hos, or anything else for that matter. He is completely free from that kind of sin.
And which child do we feel sorry for?