KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 18:6 (KJV). “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.”
Irrespective of the status of the child of God, he is one with our Lord Jesus. (1 Corinth 6:17) The Christian is called the body of Christ. “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”— 1 Corinthians 12:27 (KJV) The Lord taught that if we received any one of the little ones who believes in Him, then we have received Hiim the Lord. If you happen to offend any of these children of God, then you have offended the Lord Jesus.
Every child of God must really come to terms with the weight of offending the Lord. What do you do if the Lord Himself, should be against you? There are many Christians who are careless about the way they treat their fellow Christians. One area of OFFENCE is the utterances we make about one another.
Some areas of offending one another are as follows
1. Telling complete lies about fellow Christians
2. Insulting each other or using very harsh words at each other. This is most prevalent among married couples.
3.There are those who defraud or cheat their fellow Christians
4.Some people out of envy, wish and pray for the failure of their fellow brothers or sisters
Dear Christian, it does not matter, if he is your husband or she is your wife, she is one with Jesus. Do not mistreat her or him
The scripture teaches that those who offend the body of Christ may suffer from one of the following. Sicknesses, weakness or death. “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” — 1 Corinthians 11:30 (KJV). This should not be your portion, decide to allow the love of God in you to accept every child of God. Love them like the master.
Thought: It is always a great privilege to show the love of God to one another.
John 13:34 (KJV). “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
Romans 12:9-10 (KJV). Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;