Every person, young or old, man or woman get offended. Not just once or twice but many times. It is something that will definitely occur, but my question is ‘what do we do with it?’ Do we surrender it at the feet of the Lord and Master Jesus Christ? Or do we allow it to harbour in our hearts?
The Bible says in Proverbs 18:19 (English Standard Version) “A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarrelling is like the bars of a castle.” Once offence has settled in, once it has been pondered over, it can be difficult to get through to the person who has been offended. However, in Proverbs 19:11 (ESV) says “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” I love how the verse is translated in the Message Bible “Smart people know how to hold their tongue; their grandeur is to forgive and forget.” When we have been offended by what someone has done, we must forgive and forget.
The problem with keeping offence is, it’s like carrying unnecessary bags on a journey, you convince yourself that you must hold on to it, when in fact, by letting go and releasing that offence, the journey becomes much easier. 1 Corinthians 13:5 reminds us that love keeps no record of wrong done against it.
The devil uses offence we have against one another, a seed that can grow into hatred and bitterness. There are many examples of offense – an usher moves you from one seat to another and you became offended because of the tone in which they spoke to you. The Pastor encourages everyone to read the Bible more often and you became offended because you disagree. Offence is robbing many of us of our blessings from God. I urge you, please don’t be easily offended, as the Bible says in Ephesians 4:2-3 that we should bear one another in love.
Love is our defence against offence, by loving one another, we let go of offence and we concentrate on Christ. I’m not saying that offence will not come but you should be ready. When offence comes, lay it at the feet of our Lord Jesus Christ and ask Him to help you.
From now on do not allow your eyes to be on offence but on Christ the Lover of our souls!