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About this time the disciples came to Jesus and asked him who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus called a child over and had the child stand near him. Then he said: I promise you this. If you don't change and become like a child, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven. But if you are as humble as this child, you are the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And when you welcome one of these children because of me, you welcome me. It will be terrible for people who cause even one of my little followers to sin. Those people would be better off thrown into the deepest part of the ocean with a heavy stone tied around their necks! The world is in for trouble because of the way it causes people to sin. There will always be something to cause people to sin, but anyone who does this will be in for trouble.
When someone harms and hurts a child there is no mercy from most courts and judges! There is no way to explain away or justify abusing a child!
These verses talk about Spiritual Child Abuse! When you become a follower of Jesus Christ, you are indeed a Child of God! You exhibit many characteristics that are common in small children. You trust your Father without question. You love everyone. You enjoy the beauty of the world around you without paying attention to the wicked corruption promoted by Satan.
Even as a father who is willing to lay his life on the line for his child, Jesus came to die on the Cross to save Children for God!
When men try to draw away, tempt and otherwise abuse Children of God, they are in for trouble! Spiritual Child Abuse will always cause God to respond!
If you are not a follower of Jesus the warning is this: "Don't abuse God's Children! He will not take it lightly if you do!"
If you are a follower of Jesus remember this: "Your battle is not against those who might abuse you. Your struggle is against Satan as you stand every moment on the Word of God and in His strength! Then you will overcome at every turn!"
"Lord Jesus, help me today to truly be a child in Your Holy eyes! And may I never be guilty of Spiritual Child Abuse! Praise Your Holy Name now and forever! Amen."