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.

Offensive Opportunities

I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. (Matthew 5:39)

As a Christian writer, I experience times when readers who are not Christian feel offended by my sharing of God’s truth, and they let me know about it. We have all been there—insulted, misunderstood, mistreated, maligned, and more. Justice seems out of reach. What about our rights? What does Jesus say? Sometimes his teachings are tough. I believe Jesus wants it to become part of our nature to forgive the offense and shine the light of Christ to the offender by showing them God’s love. There is no instruction on making sure our rights are met, or that we get justice. However, the Bible does say that we are to give justice.

Prayer: Lord, I know your word is true and that your plan is best. I pray that I can show your love at those times when it’s difficult. You have experienced it all, and still loved and forgave us. May that become a part of my nature, so others see you in me. Amen.

Faith tip: Make a decision at the beginning of today of how you will respond to an offense. You may be given the opportunity to show the light of Christ.