For Good or Evil

Dave Jones

“But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea”.  Matthew 18:6

No one likes to feel used by another person.  Yet, when we cause other believers to stumble in their Christian walk, we have unwittingly become tools of the tempter.  When we spread rumor amongst our friends, dress immodestly, speak crudely, or allow questionable television programs into our homes, we can be the tempter’s instrument.  Suppose you were asked, “Do you want to be used by Satan?”  Surely your answer would be a resounding, “No!”

Our deceitful adversary, however, has no qualms about using our sins and wicked habits to delude and deceive other Christians.  Pastor Stanley has commented that while each of us is responsible for the response to temptation, we can avoid any cooperation with the deceiver’s tactics as we understand a crucial truth:  Each Christian is part of Christ’s body.  For good or evil, our behavior affects the health and vitality of other believers.

The good things that we do routinely each day, like praying before a meal with others or offering to pray for those who are hurting, can encourage other believers.  Suppose you were asked, “Do you want to be used by God?”  Surely your answer would be a resounding, “Yes!”  Godly habits can be tools to strengthen other believers in their Christian walk.  We do not live in a vacuum and our actions are never in isolation.  Even the smallest of actions have an impact.

Therefore, it is for your well-being, as well as for the rest of the body of Christ, that you live obediently.  God desires that you be a blessing to others, not a curse.  Let your love for believers keep you and them from temptation.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Steve wrote:
When I was reading the devotional I reflected on the scripture from James 1:26 26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. A very straight forward devotional, well said..

Wed, April 11, 2012 @ 5:33 AM

2. Sheron wrote:
In reading this devotion it reminded me of the following... Two weeks ago as my husband & I were out to lunch after gettng our food we sat down held hands arcoss the table and prayed for our food as we always do at home our elsewhere, I kepted noticing an older woman looking over at us often, I thought to myself is something wrong?, However when she got up to leave she walked right up to our table put her soft hand onto my arm & with a big warm smile said..."I really appreciate you being a good witness for Christ by praying for your food out in public".. As she smiled & walked away I realise what was normal to us, encouraged her and can impact others around us too... Giving God the Praise in our daily lives often becomes a light & encourgament to others for we never know who is watcing us.

Sun, April 15, 2012 @ 1:12 PM

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