Wednesday, 27th December 2023: Abstain from actions that could encourage others to make mistakes.

Scripture Reading: 2 Cor 6:3
Giving no offence in anything, that the ministry be not blamed.

Reflections: When Paul counsels the Corinthians “not to offend anything so that the ministry may not be blamed,” he brings up an important point. The term “offence” comes from the Greek word “proskopē,” which means to stumble or make a mistake. Paul was therefore pleading with the people to be sure that their actions did not cause others to make mistakes in life, as this could damage the ministry’s reputation. It’s essential to be conscious of how we behave so that we don’t encourage people to act in a way that goes against what God has commanded. It is consequently crucial to refrain from acting in a way that could trip people up.

Prayer: Oh Lord, help me avoid behaviours encouraging others to make mistakes.

Confession: I abstain from actions that could encourage others to make mistakes.