( July 29, 2008 )
I recently expounded on a scripture and studied the matter a bit and would like to share it with you. It is in regards to the scripture Matthew 18:10 which says, Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
The Bible refers “little ones” as not only just little children, but also as new converts to Christ. So the Bible is saying we should be especially careful when it comes to people that are just coming to the flock of God. The Bible even warns us, so much as this, Mat 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
The Holy Spirit is constantly trying to convict people of sin and bring them to Christ and if we offend them even in the smallest way, God help us if that person falls away because of a offense that we may have caused. On the other hand, if we offend a small child in a way that they refuse Christ when they get older, it is better that you drown yourself. This is not a light matter…. Mat 18:7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
Mat 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. So let’s not forget that everyone is precious in God’s eyes, lets give them a cup of water freely and store up treasure in heaven. Children are innocent and do not notice “poor and the rich”, they have joyful hearts and always eager to learn, they are willing to forgive and forget even the most vilest offenses.
So if we find ourselves despising someone, we should get on our knees and ask God for help. For the Bible clearly says that we must be converted and have the innocence of a child. Please note that despise means; to look down on with contempt or aversion and or to regard as negligible, worthless, or distasteful. The meaning of Innocence is; freedom from guilt or sin.
Mat 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Hope you found this enjoyable and that maybe it might shed some light on the importance of our dealing with men, be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove.
To God be the Glory.