Friday, November 22, 2013

Spirit of Offense...Get rid of it!

Nobody likes to be offended, it can make you angry, disappointed, betrayed and when not taken care of, it can lead to other damaging results.

One of the truths of life is that offense will always come at some point. There's always going to be something, someone that might offend you. Everyone is different, with different opinions, ideas, methods, beliefs, strategies...Our differences plays a role in the way we approach things which to others might be offensive. 

Luke 17:1-4 tells us that  '".It is impossible but that offences will come.." It also tells us 'Take heed to yourselves: If they brother trespasses against thee, rebuke him and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespasses against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him"

Offense is nothing new, its been happening among people for ages, even before Christ.

Holding on to an offense can make you loose your blessings and even worse, it can make you loose your place in heaven. Matthew 6:14-15 "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses"

Holding on to an offense can make you take revenge and commit a crime or take an action that you are likely to regret later. Look at the story of Absalom, Annon and Tamar in 2 Samuel 13.  Absalom and Annon were brothers. Tamar was Absalom's beautiful daughter. Annon committed an offense against his brother by sleeping with Tamar. His offense was not only against his brother but against Tamar. Absalom was very offended and what Annon, his brother did is by no means acceptable, but Absalom held on to this offense for 2 years. Two years later, he plotted to have his own brother killed. 

There are many different big or small things that can make anyone offended. A person might be offended because someone didn't pass the food to you like the did to the others. Someone forgot to give you your own invitation. Someone didn't ask for your opinion but asked for the opinion of another. Someone did not like the dress you wore yesterday and maybe made a comment about many things!

It is normal to feel offended; You are human! but as individuals we need to find ways to stop holding on to an offense. We can also make ourselves gradually be less affected or negatively moved by little offenses such as someone forgetting to give you something or do something.

As earlier said, holding on to an offense can make you loose your blessings! It can also make you miss heaven! 
No one! Again I repeat No one! is worth you loosing your blessings and most especially worth you loosing your place in Heaven!



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