Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I'm Offended

Have you ever noticed that when someone offends you, every thing they do after that you will find offensive. Their conversation, their walk, every encounter with that person, will be skewed because you are upset with them. Even when they walk by and say, “Hi” you are certain the inflection in their voice was really conveying something more, like a slam. You question their every motive and think that they are only up to do no good. Yet, in most cases, that person never even knows you’re upset with them.

When you finally let go of your offense, all those little incidents you allowed to build up in your mind seem like no big deal; probably because they really weren’t. We have this tendency to make mountains out of mole hills, especially when it comes to relationships with people.

Through my many years as a pastor, I have been insulted and verbally hurt in every way you can think of, however, I consider myself a pretty forgiving person. Forgiving and forgetting does not come automatically; I have to purpose to do this.

Life is too short to remain angry at so many people in our lives. If you have been offended, and who hasn’t, the best advice is “let it go”. Letting go doesn’t mean you have to allow the offender to become your best friend, but respond calmly and confidently, remembering that God is with you. Get alone and talk it over with the Master of the Universe and “let it go”. This is the way of Peace!

Try it! It does wonders for your own attitude. “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13)

We can and will forgive others because we have been forgiven by Jesus Christ.

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