What Jesus Did! 'Don't Harm the Little Ones' — Luke 17:1-2

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Jesus said to his followers, "Things will surely happen that will make people sin. But it will be very bad for the person that makes this happen. It will be very bad for a person if he makes one of these weak persons sin. It would be better for him to have a millstone tied around his neck and be drowned in the sea."
— Luke 17:1-2 NLT
Illustration of Luke 17:1-2 NLT — "Things will surely happen that will make people sin."

Key Thought

Jesus wants us to be aware that temptation is real, dangerous, and personal. However, it is far worse for us to be the source of someone else's temptation and sin than to have to face our own. Our sin matters in every way; they matter more, however, when we bring others down with us.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for strengthening me and helping me to withstand the onslaught of temptation. Father, I never want to be a stumbling block to someone else. Guide my steps, please dear LORD, so that I will not stumble or fall. Guide my influence, dear Father, so that it is used only for good and never for harm. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • James 1:13-15
  • Romans 14:13
  • 1 Corinthians 8:8-9


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.