Matthew 18:6-7, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.  Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!”

Jesus was in the middle of a message at the point that these verses were said.  Jesus was explaining to his disciples and anyone else who would have been around exactly how someone enters the kingdom of Heaven.  Heaven is entered as a little child.  This does not mean that only children go to Heaven.  This means that your mind must be like that of a child.  Adults try to overcomplicate situations especially how to get to an afterlife.  This is much simpler for the mind of a child.

Children tend to believe whatever they are told.  Case in point, if you raise a child to believe in things like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, they will believe they are real until they can prove that they are not.  The same goes for God and the plan for Heaven.  Raise a child that Heaven is real and how to get to Heaven and the child will believe it to be true.  That is how Jesus wants us to be in our adult lives.  If we believe, we may enter.  No over-complication.  No over-analysis.  Just faith.

Now to the text for today.  If you cause someone to sin, you are effecting your spiritual life as well as the other person’s spiritual life.  When sin enters, God must depart until the sin is removed through the asking for forgiveness of the sin.  God does not allow sin in Heaven.  Sin is the divider between God and man.  Only with Jesus can man and God be together.  So if you cause someone to sin and if that person does not ask for forgiveness and they die, they will die without God.  Jesus uses a very graphic image of having a millstone hung around the neck of an offender.  Millstones, as the one I have pictured above, were large round stones that had a hole in the center.  They were very heavy and used to grind wheat for making bread.  With one of these around your neck, you would sink to the bottom of a lake or sea quite quickly.  This would be a very harsh death.

Before helping or interacting with others, be careful how you are acting or what advice you are giving.  What you say or do affects more than you.  It affects all who can hear or see.  Sin will happen.  It is human nature to sin.  Jesus, however, did not die so that we can sin as much as we want.  Sin is to be avoided and causing others to sin is also to be avoided.  Sin is a very destructive thing.  Choose Jesus and ask Him to forgive your offenses.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the solution to sin.  Sin separates us from you, but through Jesus, we are sinless.  No offenses!  I am so grateful for all that you do, God.  You alone are worthy of our praise for all that you are.  Thank you for Jesus, who died on the cross for all sin.  Jesus stepped in and took away the sin of the world.  Sin no longer has the same effect on people.  Through forgiveness, we can be will you, God, for all eternity.

In your awesome and giving name we pray,

Amen

 

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