Jesus was clear, One needs to be an advocate for the Gospel and not an adversary. As the Lord talked to his men, He let them know that men will be judged if they lead others away from God. He spoke about the importance of raising and training children; how people’s actions–where they go and what they see can have much greater consequences than literally being physically maimed. In short, Jesus emphasized that God counts each life precious, and each child a treasure. Jesus and the Father would hold accountable anyone that pulled the people away from God. He was especially concerned about the religious leadership, and their constant double standard for those they led.
In our lives, God wants us to understand that what we say and do, does impact others. We need to lead a life of humble surrender, and not be overly proud or self-righteous. We should remember that what we say or do does impact others. Our desire should be to impact them for Christ–not against Him. We also must remember that we do not live in a vacuum. Our actions will affect those around us. So follow Paul’s lead and live our lives in a manner worthy of the Gospel. We are to set our hearts and minds on things above–not on earthly things.
God Bless You
If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! 8 If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
The Parable of the Wandering Sheep
10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
Dealing With Sin in the Church
15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.