Beware of the leader who “causeth” (leads astray NASB) (7686) others to go astray. But that is really not the point being made here. This is a word to those of us who might lead others astray.
We have a habit of assuming the warnings are for others and the blessings are for us. One of the dangers of writing and posting is falling into the trap of thinking what God is saying is to be passed on to others without changing us. As I write I am doing an eight week stretch of pulpit supply. It is so easy to preach to others and not preach to my self.
It doesn’t work that way. This warning is for me because I am reading it. It is for you, not because I say so, but because you are also reading it. Remember the words of Jesus,
(Matthew 18:6 KJV) But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.So? People are watching. Each of us influences someone. Let the “upright” apply to you, not the “astray.”