Gift: Counsel (Right Judgment) – With the gift of right judgment, we know the difference between right and wrong, and we choose to do what is right. A person with right judgment avoids sin and lives out the values taught by Jesus.
Reading: He said to his disciples, “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the person through whom they occur. It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. Be on your guard! (Luke 17:1-3a)
Observation: Today, the Gospel reading is telling me to not just be concerned with whether I am involved in sinful activity, but of greater concern would be whether or not my sin causes others to sin. I have read these verses before as on causing children to sin and I have always thought about my duty as a father of three boys to make sure that they don’t repeat my sins. However, this morning I am seeing a greater call to be a disciple of Jesus by making sure that nothing that I do, especially my sins, cause another person to sin.
Application: Gentleness It is my intention today to act with the fruit of gentleness today. If I am always thinking of the impact that my actions may have on others, hopefully that will cause me to be more aware of the fact that I should be not reacting to the environment I live, but rather creating an environment that leads my family and others to better serve the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, create in me a gentle heart that is concerned with how my attitude impacts others. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen.