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Do not be a stumbling block. Luke 17:1-4. Stumbling block. skandalon (“a scandal”) “occasion to fall (of stumbling), offence, thing that offends” ( Strong ) A trap, snare, hindrance “any impediment placed in the way and causing one to stumble or fall” ( Thayer ).

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stumbling block
Stumbling block
  • skandalon (“a scandal”)
  • “occasion to fall (of stumbling), offence, thing that offends” (Strong)
  • A trap, snare, hindrance
  • “any impediment placed in the way and causing one to stumble or fall” (Thayer)
to avoid being a stumbling block 1 cor 10 32 33
To avoid being a stumbling block… 1 Cor. 10:32-33
  • Remember that God wants all sinners saved, Luke 17:2
  • Mind the things of God, Matthew 16:21-23
  • Remove every hindrance, Matthew 18:8-9
a stumbling block to remove unwillingness to forgive lk 17 3 4
A stumbling block to remove:Unwillingness to forgive, Lk. 17:3-4
  • Take heed: Jesus warns of the difficulty of forgiveness, 17:3
    • Rebuke the brother who sins against us
    • Not the easy way (hurt, hold the hatred, gossip, backbite and hinder) Matt. 18:15-17
    • Effort is to convince sinner of his sin and bring him to repentance, 2 Tim. 4:2
      • God rebukes us out of love (Heb. 12:6)
a stumbling block to remove unwillingness to forgive lk 17 3 45
A stumbling block to remove:Unwillingness to forgive, Lk. 17:3-4
  • Take heed: If the sinner repents, forgive him, 17:3
    • Repent: Change of mind and conduct, 2 Cor. 7:10; Acts 26:20, 18
    • Tests our faith: “to release” debt (17:5)
    • How? Follow the example of Christ, Eph. 4:31-5:2 (Lk. 23:34; Heb. 12:3)
      • Christ is ready to forgive every sinner!
a stumbling block to remove unwillingness to forgive lk 17 3 46
A stumbling block to remove:Unwillingness to forgive, Lk. 17:3-4
  • Take heed: If I do not forgive the repentant sinner I become a stumbling block to them and I lose my soul!
    • God forgives repentant sinners
  • Failure to forgive the repentant fornicator at Corinth could have cast him into a pit of overwhelming despair, 2 Cor. 2:6-7
a stumbling block to remove unwillingness to forgive lk 17 3 47
A stumbling block to remove:Unwillingness to forgive, Lk. 17:3-4
  • Do not grow weary: The repetitive nature of forgiveness, 17:4
    • Tempted to judge motives, to become bitter and thus withhold our forgiveness
    • cf. God and Israel, Matthew 23:37 (“how often”); God and us
    • We will be forgiven as we forgive others, Matt. 6:14-15 (Col. 3:12-13)
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Do not be a stumbling block!
  • Shows you love the lost (Rom. 10:1)
  • Shows you love the weak in conscience (1 Cor. 8:13)
  • Shows you love your soul (Lk. 17:2)
  • Faith is needed to keep from being a stumbling block (Lk. 17:5)