Matthew 18:10 is a verse in the New Testament of the Christian Bible that reads: "See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven."
This verse is part of a more significant passage in which Jesus teaches his disciples about humility and forgiveness. In the preceding verses, Jesus tells his disciples that if one sin against another, the offended party should go to the offender privately and try to resolve the issue. Then, if the offender refuses to listen, the offended party should bring one or two others with them to resolve the case again.
Finally, the matter should be brought before the entire church if the offender refuses to attend.
In verse 10, Jesus emphasizes the importance of treating all people, especially the most vulnerable, with care and respect. The phrase "these little ones" refers to children and those marginalized or considered less important in society. Jesus warns his followers not to despise or look down on these individuals because they are precious to God.
He then states that "their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven," suggesting that these individuals have a special place in God's heart and are under his protection.
The concept of "guardian angels" is a common belief in Christianity. This verse often refers to the idea that each person has an angel watching over them. In this context, the angels are seen as a symbol of God's protection and care for vulnerable or marginalized people.
Matthew 18:10 teaches Christians to value and respect all people, especially those seen as less important or vulnerable. It also emphasizes that God watches over and protects all of his children, regardless of their status or circumstances.