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A Warning About Our Influence

"And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea" (Matt.18: 5-6).

If we stop to reflect, we can all remember a relative, teacher, friend or church member that has had a positive influence on our life. As I zero in on the church, it is not merely those in a role of authority who must be mindful of their influence on the church community. Each member of the church family is equally responsible to reflect the moral behavior taught by Jesus. It is only then that we are able to fulfill a part of our mission by being good examples and mentoring our brethren along the right path. In today's two verses, Jesus is very forceful that believers do not use their influence in an improper manner... If it sounds like a harsh rebuke, I think it is meant to. The audience to whom Jesus was speaking knew what millstones were, and they could range in weight from 20 or 30 pounds to hundreds of pounds. The image of one of those tied to a person thrown into deep water was graphic. It is a tangible threat that reinforces the importance of guiding children into lives of righteousness. We should know that our influence as Christians is a powerful one in a world that needs better role models. We ought to be conscientious about our impact on others and not disperse our influence in a careless or haphazard manner. Lets all focus on this: Our influence has a power of its own to be either constructive or destructive, so lets come to a logical and moral conclusion. Which one do we want it to be?

Have a great day... T G I F Thank God I'm Forgiven.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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