Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Luke - Little Ones

Luke 17:1  Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
Luke 17:2  It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

I see here a need to be gentle and sensitive to people. Too often we see only our needs and our view of things. When we are offended we need to be careful how we respond. We are to care for one another. Sometimes others do not see as we do.  

Phil 2:3  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Phil 2:4  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Who are the little ones? We just spoke of Lazarus the beggar. He was ignored and abused by the rich man. Little ones, as children under the responsibility of parents. The parents not being caring parents, allowing harm to them. The mill stone waits. What about false teachers leading people astray? Surely they share in the condemnation. Jesus loves the little ones. Little children according to 1John were new believers. What if we keep a new believer from continuing because we are too full of pride? We get together and argue over doctrines and the little one leaves in confusion. Satan comes along and puts doubt in their minds. Are we helpful to the little ones? They are everywhere so be kind, be sensitive, put away pride and speak on their level. Soon the little ones will grow in the Lord to be fruit bearers in the Fathers vineyard.

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