(1-6) Who Is the Greatest?
When we humble ourselves before God, He will exalt us in due time. Using a little child as an example, Christ teaches that anyone who comes to God must come to Him with total faith and complete trust.
(7-9) Temptations to Sin
It is better for us to cripple ourselves by getting rid of those things which cause us to stumble, instead of letting sin cripple us. Temptation only becomes sin when we yield to it.
(10-14) The Parable of the Lost Sheep
This story shows just how much Jesus the Christ cares that each and every person receives salvation. He would rather us leave a sanctuary full of hundreds of saved saints, and go out into the streets to find one lost sinner. When Jesus was here on earth, His main mission was to seek and save the lost. This should be our mission as well.
(15-20) If Your Brother Sins Against You
When someone offends us, we shouldn’t act like the offense didn’t happen or complain about the offense to a person who isn’t even involved. We should talk with the offender about the problem and try to resolve it with them. Our aim should be to gain the offender as a sister or brother. How do we destroy our enemies? Abraham Lincoln said we do so by making friends of them.
Favorite verse: (12) What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?