What Jesus Did! 'How Terrible!' — Matthew 18:6-7

Saturday, August 21, 2021

[Jesus continued,] "But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.

"What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin. Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting."

— Matthew 18:6-7 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus is telling us to be sensitive to the vulnerability of others, especially those among us who are weak, forgotten, and neglected. Of course, he didn't just preach it; he lived it. Extreme measures are to be used to keep from causing one of these "little ones" to stumble and fall. For Jesus and his followers, it is a very serious and horrific matter to cause the sinful downfall of another.

His language is extreme. His warning is heartfelt. The "little ones" among us are extremely valuable to him and should be to us. It would be better to be drowned in the sea than to face Jesus having caused another to fall. Jesus cares deeply about the lost and died to redeem us. He surely doesn't want us contributing to others' losing their way.

Today's Prayer

Father, use me redemptively to help bring others back to you and to be careful about my influence. I don't want to lead others astray by my actions or by my words. Give me an undivided heart, a clear witness reflecting your character, and a deeper concern for those my actions may impact. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 14:13-15, 19-21
  • 1 Corinthians 8:9
  • Matthew 13:40-42

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Illustration of Matthew 18:6-7 NLT — "But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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