(137) Sin, Faith, Duty
Then He said to the disciples, “Offenses will come, for they are inevitable; but woe to him through whom they come. It would be better for him to be cast into the sea with a millstone hung around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to stumble.
“Guard yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and returns to you seven times that day, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
And the Lord said, “If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
“Now which one of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, would say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Go and sit down and eat.’? Would you not rather tell him, ‘Put on your apron and get my supper ready. After you have served me and I have finished eating and drinking, then you may eat and drink’? Does he thank that servant because he did what he was commanded to do? I think not. So you too, when you have done everything that you are commanded to do, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have only done that which was our duty to do.’ “
(137) Sin, Faith, Duty
Luke 17:1-10, KJV
Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! 2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. 3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. 5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. 6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. 7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? 8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? 9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. 10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
(1) This might be paraphrased, "Temptations to sin will surely come, but woe to the one who does the tempting."
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