Being offended

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Do you know someone who gets offended easily?

“If you forgive men when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you” Matthew 6:14.

“Forgiveness” should be a prescription that we should take EVERY day, just like a necessary vitamin or important meds. It’s so easy to get offended over someone’s remarks or actions. Whether they mean to hurt us or not, we can get offended and the journey of unforgiveness begins.

As God’s children, we must choose to walk with Jesus and to be like Him in regards to hurtful remarks. Most people don’t mean to offend us, but have gotten use to saying what they feel or “getting it off their chest.” Their intentions might be good, but their unwelcomed remarks or the sharp tone of their voice can sting. Others boast their unwelcomed remarks not caring if it hurts or not. This is nothing more than selfish pride.

We have heard and should understand the term “rise above” or “let it roll off your shoulders.” Like Jesus, God desires for us to love and forgive when someone hurts us with words or actions. It could be our boss, teacher, friend, spouse, or child that says or does something that offends us. But growing and maturing in God’s Word stabilizes/grounds us so we aren’t overly sensitive with our feelings.

It seems that this younger generation gets offended easily.  Sadly, many have dissolved church memberships and resigned from jobs or quit school activities because of a remark that someone made about them. Listen friends, there is ALWAYS going to be that certain someone whose words will sting or hurt us. And occasionally there might be an action from someone that offends us. “If” we will choose to walk in LOVE (God), offensive comments or actions won’t ruin our day by stealing our happiness or joy.

The more time we spend with our Father in prayer and reading His Word, the less we get our feelings hurt. When our eyes are focused on Him, words/remarks won’t affect us. We can’t change people or stop their words/actions, but we CAN focus on growing spiritually so we will become strong in God and not get easily offended/mad.

“But I tell you, love your enemies and PRAY for those who persecute/hurt you” Matthew 5:44.

Today, let’s ask our Heavenly Father to open our eyes to see the heart of those who say hurtful words. Again, most of the time, they don’t mean to hurt us. Are their actions and words perfect?  No, but neither are ours..

“Forgive”……It’s God’s will for us. It’s the way to live peacefully. It’s the way to keep “drama” out of our lives. It’s the way to be more like Jesus. Ask God to bless those that you are mad with. By doing so, He will heal you and take care of the situation … It’s time to rise above and “let it go!”

Let’s begin today!