He said to His disciples, “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come!” – Luke 17:1
It is impossible to go through life without offending someone. It might not be intentional, but it will happen, sometimes without our knowledge. But what do you do when you know it has occurred?
If you know you have offended another person, you should do all you can to bring reconciliation and renewal of the relationship. Admit your fault, unconditionally, and ask for forgiveness. In the context above, however, Jesus wasn’t speaking of a normal offense. Instead, He warned His followers against behavior that might prevent someone from trusting Him as Savior.
Of all the possible ways to wrong another, as Christ-followers we must be careful to never hinder a person from coming to Christ. An offense of this nature not only hurts the person, but it also offends the Lord. The difficult truth is that any time we make the path to Jesus more difficult for an unbeliever, we have “offended” them.
We are here to remove barriers, not erect them.
Good words are worth much, and cost little. – George Herbert
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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