Tag: cause to sin
Scripture reading for January 26th: Matthew 18
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Matthew 18:3-6 “And He said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in My name welcomes Me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” “
Jesus used a little child as an example of the kind of heart and spirit that each person must have to enter the kingdom of heaven. Becoming great in God’s eyes involves simple trust, like a little child. When we honor and welcome children, Jesus said we are in fact welcoming Him! This is a powerful statement that should cause us to have a high view of children.
On the contrary, Jesus warned that if anyone caused a child to sin that that person would be held to the highest accountability and stand in a place of severe judgment! Our culture today often exposes children to the most horrible sins. Child sexual abuse and sexual slavery is rampant and the use of drugs and alcohol have exposed countless children to sin and violence. Television and video games have opened the hearts of children to sin and rebellion and demon possession. This will bring terrible judgment on those called to protect and teach children the ways of God.
Observations for over-comers: Be especially aware of children in your life and pray for them. Keep a child-like attitude in your relationship with God. “We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done. . . .Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget about His deeds but would keep His commands.” (Psalm 78:4,7)