Category Archives: Forgiveness

~ Never Say “I Don’t Get Offended” ~

I don’t know how many times I have heard this expression from Christians. Not just from immature Christians, but people I love and respect as being mature in the faith. I feel the need to shed some light on this subject; not as a correction, but to bring solid understanding because it IS a tool the enemy uses to trick us into hurting others and falling into sin.

First off, being offended is NOT a sin, so get rid of that thinking. (I will prove this with scripture in a minute.) This line of thought alone will set you up for deception by the enemy and make it easier for him to trick you into getting into pride and unforgiveness. We all get offended at times; in fact Jesus said that it was impossible for offences NOT to come.

Luke 17:1-3 ~ 1Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! 2It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. 3Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.

We get offended when someone sins against us. Being offended hurts. It stirs up emotions of anger, sadness and disappointment. If we let those emotions have control, we will move from being offended into sins of pride and unforgiveness. Offence is the temptation, not the sin. By not understanding the temptation we make it easy for the enemy to trip us up.

If Jesus said it was impossible that offenses NOT come, then He had to have experienced being offended too because the bible says that He was tempted in every point as we are.

Hebrews 4:15 ~ For we have not a high priest which cannot be
touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Here is an account in Matthew of Jesus getting offended. That’s right, JESUS GOT OFFENDED. It freaks most people out the first time they hear that, nevertheless, here it is. Notice how Jesus deals with it using a strong rebuke as described in Luke 17:3 above.

Matthew 16:22-24 ~ 22Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” 23But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” 24Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

The big problems that the church faces are that most of her offences are either imagined or people are getting offended because of their pride. When we start rebuking people for an imagined offence, or because we are full of pride, we cause division and strife in the body, hurting more people and scattering more temptation around. The Devil just loves this.

Offense is the “bait” to get you into sin. It is a neat trick of the enemy to get the prey to scatter his bait around so he can subdue MORE prey. As a hunter I can really appreciate this tactic and its effectiveness.

If someone legitimately sins against you, then the way to deal with it is to rebuke him or her. Let them know that what they did is wrong, that it offends you, and make it clear that is not acceptable behavior.

On the other hand, If what they did hurt you and you feel offended, yet you know they did not sin against you, you need to take heed to yourself. (Luke 17:3) Issues of pride are the common cause in this instance. Be aware enough and mature enough to recognize it and repent. It will save relationships and keep you from being a tool of the enemy.

Don’t let offense be a stumbling block for you. If you do, Satan will use you to scatter his foul bait around the body of Christ to bring division and strife through you and hurt people. I don’t know about you, but I would rather not help the Devil with his agenda.

JC

 

And you will be my witnesses…

We live in the information age, but not all of us share the most important
information we have, the story of our new birth in Christ. This is  my story, friend. Don’t be afraid to share yours.  If you tell your story… they will listen.

Knowing was not enough!!

I used to invite people to church. I used to tell them that God loved them. That God was good and that He could change their lives for the better. I told many people  the most important decision in their life was to receive Jesus as their Savior and I truly believed it. For years I had witnessed God’s  love, power, and salvation. I wanted everybody to experience it.

And one good day… I realized that I needed God too! I needed to answer my own invitation. The truth I shared with others was not my own. I knew God through the experiences of others, but had not made Him my Lord and Savior. I knew Him from a distance, but that changed with one simple prayer. I called on the name of the Lord and He saved me, Alleluia!


I got on my knees on my livingroom floor and cried out to God and asked Him to be my God.

It was a wonderful moment.  My eyes were open to a greater truth, one I could be a part of. I was loved and forgiven.  Later on that week I publicly accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior in my Sunday school class. For many people I was just a 12-year-old girl, but God took me seriously. He was now my God and my Savior too. Romans 10:13

Many years have passed, but receiving Him as my personal Savior has turned out to be the most important decision of my life. I have since experienced the transforming power of His love and salvation in my own life and I can tell you this. Knowing about truth and experiencing the truth are two very different things. I am so happy that I chose the second.

 *Do you truly know God as your personal God and Savior? Do not assume that you are  a Christian because of your good moral values, because you are a member of a church, or have been raised by Christian parents.  I was all that and found out that knowing about Him was not enough.  Job 42:5 was my redemdion story. ~I have heard of You only by the hearing of the ear, but now my spiritual eyes see You.~ If you don’t know Jesus as your personal savior – a simple prayer from your heart is all it takes. Romans 10:13

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If you have receiced Jesus as your savior, share your story.  And you will be my witnesses…

~ How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  Romans 10:14