The struggle with offence part 2

By Sandy Weddell on August 9, 2020

John 15:1-8

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 

Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 
If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.
 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 

By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

Ephesians 2:10

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Philippains 2:12-13

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

John  10:10

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Mark 6:2-6

And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands?
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 

And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 
And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 
And he marveled because of their unbelief.

Matthew 6:14-15

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 
15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Matthew 7:1-5

“Judge not, that you be not judged. 
For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.
 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 

Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Matthew 22:36-40

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 
37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 
38 This is the great and first commandment. 
39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 
40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”