Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Daily devotional: Don't cause to fall into sin

But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around your neck.
Mark 9:42 NLT

This is a responsbility to not take lightly. My actions can either show God's love and encourage or be a positive influence on people, or my actions can cause people to stumble or even fall into sin. I am especially cahllenged with my children, who need to deeply experience my love for them rather than any behavior that would lead them to bitterness or push them into rebellion. Some of their concept of God the Father will come from their experience with me as their earthly father.

Live intentionally and be careful that my actions do not cause anyone to fall into sin.

Lord, I am so grateful that my help comes from You, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:2)! Thank you for watching over me, for giving me the Holy Spirit, and for living your life in and through me. Please open my eyes and speak loudly through my conscience any time my actions could become a stumbling block for others, and especially for Ian and Elise. May they not struggle with their concept of their Heavenly Father because of their experience with their earthly father. I love you, Lord!

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