Getting a little deeper in His truth today…. offense…ouch. There’s no way to avoid it….the question is, what are we going to do with it?
Has someone offended you lately?- Now I say this with love and its up to you to weigh and test and bring it to The Lord. Hear my heart when I encourage you to ask yourself, “Is there any truth in what the person (who offended you) has said?” Now maybe their tone was rude, maybe their language was foul, maybe they were being downright mean….but was there any TRUTH in what they said? To go deeper with Jesus, we have to lay our pride aside and our opinions…and yes, even our offenses and we need to humble ourselves. To draw near to God, we need to be willing to let Jesus show us the hard stuff.
Jesus offended people EVERYDAY by speaking His truth but so many times no one was willing to stop and weigh and test what He said because they didn’t want to hear it. They didn’t want the truth to come in and shake up their comfy lives.
(Matthew 15:12- Then the disciples came to Him and asked, “Do you realize that you offended the Pharisees by what you just said”?)
I write this post to myself as much as for anyone else reading it.. Offense is supper tough…but how we deal with it can mean the difference between drawing near to God , or putting up walls before God. It can mean moving forward and growing in Christ or standing still and focusing on ourselves-not Him.
My prayer today is that we can come before God and ask Him to help us with our offenses..not to stuff them deep down, not to ignore our hurt feelings but to bring it ALL before Him..the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly…all of it. It’s then, and only then that we will be able to move forward.
Oh ….what would this world look like if we could always just give it all to God and let offenses go. I know that this is so much easier said then done…but it’s more than possible because God has commanded us to forgive and not to let offence and bitterness take root in our lives. Seriously…check out these verses – don’t just skim over them, let them sink in:
***Colossians 3:13 (NIV) Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
***Hebrews 12:15 (NIV) See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
If He’s commanded it, IT IS POSSIBLE. He would never ask us to do something and not equip and enable us to do it. Let’s remind ourselves of that every time we ‘feel’ we just can’t forgive or let an offense go.
Feel free to leave a comment below sharing any thoughts you may have on this post. I do enjoy hearing from all of you Xo