Tuesday, August 16, 2002

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 6

And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;  but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.                               Matthew 18:5-6

We have to read ahead and know that this whole situation is leading to the subject of offense.  We stumble when we are offended.  It just happens.  This is why the sin of offense is so offensive and serious.  Stumbling hurts and hurts harm the heart.  Stumbling (being offended) can leave us more self-centered than Son-centered and that leaves us off center.  So, don’t live your life by excuses (the fruit of offenses), and don’t leave excuses for others to live by either.  Remember this, forgiveness is the key to every other door in heaven and forgiveness kills the power of offense.

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