Stumbling Blocks


Proverbs 6:16-19 (CEB)
16There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven things detestable to him:
17snobbish eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that spill innocent blood,
18a heart set on wicked plans,
feet that run quickly to evil,
19a false witness who breathes lies,
and one who causes conflicts
among relatives.

1 John 2:15-17 (NLT)
15Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.


The Bible tells us not to get mixed up in the things that would cause us to stumble in our walks with God. Some of the things mentioned here include bragging, lying, being conceited, and seeking revenge. Society offers up plenty of other stumbling blocks, too. What are some that you can think of? What stumbling blocks have you struggled with in the past? Which ones are an issue for you right now?


In prayer, confess how it is that you might be stumbling in your walk with God. Ask for clear guidance and the strength to avoid these temptations. It might also be helpful to find a youth leader, pastor, or Sunday school teacher who you can talk to and pray about these things together.


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