Week 43|Matthew 18:7-18:14

Issues of the heart and flesh are a continuing dialogue that Jesus has with His people. In these few short verses, we receive instruction from Jesus on how to deal with our sin issues and we see a clear picture of the Gospel; how He deals with us. Open your study time and pray that God will reveal your heart issues to you and apply the truth to your life.

Then read Matthew 18:7-18:14

Comprehension (What does it say?)

1. We see two “Woes” in verse 7. What are each of the “Woes” in reference to?

2. What is Jesus’ solution on how to deal with sin, avoid a lifetime of sin, or causing others to sin? (v. 8-9)

3. In Matthew 18:12-14, what do we see about the love of a shepherd?

Interpretation (What does it mean?)

1. What is Jesus’ solution on how to deal with sin, a lifetime of sin, or causing others to sin (v.8-9).

2. The concern for the one sheep who went astray is not at the expense of the 99, but shows God’s commitment to the preservation of His people. How do you see the Gospel in these verses? How do these verses show that God initiates a relationship with us?

Application (How should it change me?)

1. Verses 8-9 show an extreme sacrifice to keep us from sinning. What do you need to cut out/ maim, in order to keep from sinning? Is there anything in your life that is causing you to stumble?

2. We are all sinners. If we are in Christ however, we have His righteousness and salvation through the His work on the cross to make us right before God. In view of the parable of the lost sheep, how should we as Christians view others that are actively living in sin?

The compassion of the Lord is great. He preserves His people through the work of Jesus Christ not only as the church as a whole, but each individual in the church. We also see in the scripture above that He cares for us through the ministering of His angels. Close today with thanksgiving for the compassion of the Lord in our lives and ask Him to continue to grow you to the likeness of Christ.

For Further Study

Ezekiel 34:11-16
Luke 15:1-7 (slightly different parable) Hebrews 1:14

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