Who is the offender?

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A person’s wisdom yields patience;
it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. – Proverbs 19:11

My husband and I were dining with another couple at a nice restaurant. When our food was brought out, my entrée was cold and the meat somewhat raw. I called the server over and explained the problem, but was polite and understanding. The couple with us was amazed that I didn’t get all upset and demand satisfaction. I wish I could say that I was always this understanding, but the truth is … sometimes my impatience shows through.

Allowing God’s Spirit to guide us in words and actions will be noticed. It is almost considered normal to demand our rights in this country with no consideration for anyone else. Revenge is on our hearts when we have been offended. We forget for that time span how we have been offensive. The grace of God shown through us says that we know who died for our sin and who put him on the cross. While yet offensive, Christ died for us.

Prayer: Father, forgive me for the times that I forget what you have done for me. There is no offense against me that measures up to the offense I had against you. You have taken the sting of death away by your grace and mercy. Amen

Faith Tip: If you have been offended or are offended today, look upon the offender as Christ looked at us from the cross.

3 thoughts on “Who is the offender?

  1. A good reminder to us all…and in such a Christ-like way. Thank you for all the modeling you do for those in your midst. Blessed am I to call you my friend.

  2. The Christian grace of forgiving is an essential component in the spiritual health and healing of God’s children. In a counseling session a young wife sits alongside her husband. She sobs as she relates her dismay of a “cold war” marriage. They question how two people who love the Lord, attend church faithfully, serve in the church, and want to have a happy marriage can be so miserable together. It becomes evident the cause for her unhappiness is rooted in an abusive experience suffered in childhood. Over the years she has cultivated an unforgiving spirit toward her childhood family, and, in the process, has reaped the harvest of a severely injured marriage. In another setting a pastor wonders why his energy level has diminished and why he dreads going into the study. Why is it that the mere mention of a particular man’s name causes him to become tense and depressed? These symptoms also stem from the lingering effects of an unforgiving heart. The reason for many Christians’ lack of discipleship and productivity for the Lord can be directly related to an unforgiving spirit. The church proclaims volumes about forgiveness; we just sometimes have difficulty practicing it.

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