27 Nov Luke: Day 66
Don’t Trip Others – Luke 17:1
That word “offense” refers to a stumbling block, a tripwire; something that causes others to fall. This isn’t secret sin; it’s public. It’s the kind of thing that becomes a double-sin. Because it’s not only wrong to do it; it provokes others to sin in response. An insult is an offense because it tempts the one insulted to fire back. A slap is an offense because it invites retaliation.
Jesus warns us such provocations to sin are inevitable. We’re not to walk around all starry-eyed and naïve as though everything’s peachy. We’re to be wide-eyed, & alert to the tripwires strung up to take us out.
BUT: We are to make sure we aren’t the ones setting them. What we do and say ought to not cause others to sin. On the contrary, we’re to be examples of truth and grace.