July 28, 2015
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his Kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the Kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear. (Matthew 13:36-43)
In today’s language, Jesus would probably say something like, “This means you!” or “Got that?”
We have ears, so this applies to all of us. We all struggle with our own personal baggage. We are imperfect; we stumble and fall often. Jesus knows that and accepts that about us. He loves us through it and in spite of it.
However, we mustn’t pull others down with us. Our sin is one thing, but causing others to sin is quite another. We must love others enough to protect them from sin.