January 13, 2022

A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle. (Proverbs 18:19)
I believe I am speaking the truth when I say, ‘We have all been offended by someone sometime.’ As I read today’s Scripture from (Proverbs 18:19), I thought about the many things that can offend people. For instance, in (Luke 7) we see that Simon the Pharisee was offended by Mary Magdalene. Throughout the Gospels, there are many accounts where the Religious Leaders of the day took offense to what Jesus had to say. The Religious Leaders were not offended because Jesus was telling the wrong things, but because they did not like the truth of what He was saying; after all, Jesus came to speak God’s truth on the earth, and He did not allow anything to prevent Him from doing that.
On the other hand, we often offend people because we say hurtful, uncaring things to them. I find this as one of the most significant issues in churches today; people insulting each other. The number one reason we need to forgive or be forgiven is because of an offense – is this not the truth?
During my next few days of Devotional Thoughts, I will address taking or not taking offense. As we read and ponder over the next few days of Devotional Thoughts, may we be mindful of the fact that we are forgiven! Like Mary Magdalene, we need to know that Jesus washed away all our sins past, present, and future. We also need to have confidence in what God has done for you and me through Jesus Christ.
May I ask that we take a moment right now to examine our hearts: Are we like Simon, the Pharisee in Luke chapter seven? Do we go around judging and condemning other people? If we do, then we need to repent of this and ask God to forgive us. Proverbs 18:6-7 tells us, “A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.”
Friends, may we be mindful that our actions can be offensive to others around us, but our words often offend. There is great power in the tongue; in it lies the ability to do both good and evil. Would you join me in Prayer?
Father, I come before You today and bow in Your presence. Thank You that I am forgiven. Would you please help me to be gracious to others? I know that I can so easily take offense, and today You are talking to me about not giving or receiving an offense. I ask that You guide my tongue and my actions to not offend others around me. I thank You and love You. Amen

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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