Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! 2It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. 4And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.” (Luke 17:1-4, NRSV)
I have always had a love-hate relationship with this verse, because everything I do as a spiritual leader is to guide people in their relationships with God, and if I lead one the wrong way it would be better for me to hang a millstone around my neck and cast myself into the sea. Not a pretty picture or thought. I pray all the time that I might be a conduit for God and let God work in and through my life so I am allowing God to speak through me and to use me for the betterment of God’s kingdom.
How much better would the world be if we all did this?
If we all sought the kingdom of God and the renewal of all relationships, rather than our own desires?
Do we all do this, I struggle to do this, but I try and I pray for strength every day.
Pray for strength to allow God to use you and to better the world!