Has Someone Offended You?
It is difficult to go through our days without being offended, isn't it? Whether that is from someone in our home, a close friend, at the office or by a complete stranger. And just as often as I get offended, I am probably blind to my own offenses. Ugh, I really hate that part of my humanity. Anyone else feel this way?
If someone has offended you and you are struggling with what to do, then maybe these principles might be beneficial:
1. It isn't always necessary to confront. We live in a society that encourages "standing up for our rights" even if those "rights" are as simple as a driving mistake behind the wheel or a rude comment.
2. Sometimes we forgive (and conceal) a transgression without confronting. Jesus didn't always acknowledge His adversaries' accusations, nor did He always confront wrong. Many times He turned away.
3. We must abide with the Father so that we will know His plan as to when we should confront others or turn away as Christ did. Let us be like Christ in this area. God will bless you for seeking His will above your own!
God, help us to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to know when to confront a wrong or when to move on without speaking. Let us not be a sounding gong or a clanging symbol (1 Corinthians 13:1) when You do prompt us to speak. Lord, help us to be more like Your Son Jesus in this area of our lives. Amen.
In His Love,