Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
Luke 17: 1-6 (NIV)
Offenses, temptations, traps, snares, meant to weaken, frustrate, paralyze, discourage. The Lord said that these things will surely come, and then He says these fearful words and judgment about those through whom the offenses come. Many believers think that it is the devil through whom it comes. Remember that Judas Iscariot was not the devil but allowed the devil to use him to betray Jesus. The trap to the soul of the younger believer can come through the older or more so called spiritual believer. We must be warned in these days of trials not to be a stumbling block to others, by words or attitudes. LEARN to bear your burdens patiently. Do not spread your confusion to others and then your deliverance will speed up.