"If one of these little children believes in me, and another person causes that child to sin, then it will be very bad for that person. It would be better for that person to have a millstone tied around his neck and be drowned in the sea."
-- Mark 9:42 (ERV)
KEY THOUGHT: So often in our passion to preserve the purity of the faith, we begin to exclude others. While purity in our faith is important, Jesus reminds us of the other side of the equation: woe to us if we exclude someone who Jesus sees as belonging or do anything to cause another to lose faith. New Christians, weak believers, and children are all precious to God. He doesn't want a single one to lose faith because of the hard-headedness, hard-heartedness, or arrogance of another believer.
TODAY'S PRAYER: God, please help me be more careful in what I say and how I act. I don't want to discourage a single believer from following you. Help my life and my actions be an encouragement rather than a discouragement to your people. In Jesus' name. Amen.