Be Careful What You Say (Mark 9)

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In this chapter, we get to see the glory of God through Jesus Christ. The transformation is probably the most divine experience, aside from Christ’s death, while he was on earth. Following this, he gives the disciples a teaching that becomes what Paul says in his letter to the Philippians, “I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13 NLT). However the focus in this chapter came to me in the 42nd verse, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him in, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea” (NASB).

What Jesus is saying in this verse, and the ones that follow, is that if we cause Christians to fall away it would be very bad for us. Jesus tells us to remove what causes us to do evil, because it would be better for us to have scars than to face the fires of hell.

So we must be careful about what we say and how we act. As a Christian, I wish to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to everyone. However if I do it in a negative way or behave poorly people will shy away. I can think of a few different organizations that place a bad look upon Christianity. This even goes to the point that people stand completely against Christianity, rather than the extremist groups that make the whole group look bad. It will even shock so people to find out that I am a Christian; “You believe/practice …” is what I will get asked (usually its something bad that has no real connection to the way of Jesus). Then I have to spend time explaining the Bible to these people and help them to see that Christianity is a good thing, not bad. To be honest, it’s one of the main reasons I started this blog.

So we must be wary of how we act. The world is watching us. They past judgment upon the whole group based on how they experience a few. So always be the light of Christ to the world. That way many will come to know real Christianity, and not just some version the media and people who don’t understand come up with.

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