Okay, raise your hand if you’= have ever been offended by someone, their actions or their words.
Come on, don’t be bashful! Raise your hand.
Ashamed to admit you’ve been offended? Embarrassed to admit you are offended right now?
Or are you one of the rare few who think you’ve never been offended by anyone ever? Oh wait, did that last question offend you? Did it sting a little? My apologies!
Luke 17:1 says, “…It is impossible that no offenses should come…” To that last group, are you sure you don’t want to change your answer? Okay, I will stop harping on you now and move on…
We’ve all been offended in one way or another at some point in our lives. Maybe you don’t remember being offended because you’ve long forgotten about it. Maybe you don’t take every comment or action toward you so personally that it does offend you. But for the majority of us, we can be offended by just about anything or anyone around us. And in today’s society, offense seems to be at an all-time high.
According to the verse in Luke, we will be offended at one time or another throughout our life. It’s not wrong to be offended; it’s how we deal with the offense that will determine our course. We can choose to release the offense and the offender with forgiveness or we can hold on to it and become bitter, angry and prideful.
This semester, our Sister Knot bible study classes will be studying the book “The Bait of Satan” by John Bevere. His book deals with offense and how we can live a life giving freely of ourselves to others instead of living in unforgiveness toward those that have hurt us.
Matthew 5:44 says, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you…” and Galatians 6:8-9 says, “For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” In one of the early chapters of the book, the author states, “…when you sow the love of God, you will reap the love of God.”
So no matter when or how or why we were offended, we can’t continue to harbor feelings of hurt and unforgiveness in our hearts. We have to release the pain to God and let Him remove the pain and help us to be free.
Do you want to be free from your offense or offensive feelings? Join us on Monday nights at 7:00 pm or Thursday mornings at 10:30 am so that you can live your life unhindered by past hurts and move freely in all of God’s blessings.