Monday, July 7
Posted: Monday, July 7
1 Chronicles 4:5-5:17
Verse of the Day:
“An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.” (Proverbs 18:19)
Offense is a powerful tool of the enemy. Through the years he has used this tool successfully to sever countless friendships, marriages, and family relationships. It is impossible to go through life without experiencing offense in our relationships. No two people in any kind of relationship will always agree, or will always treat each other as the other person thinks they should. If we don’t learn how to properly deal with offense we will find ourselves alone always cutting people out of our life.
One of the enemy’s goals is to seclude us. He knows that when we are in healthy, God-honoring relationships with others we are stronger, we have accountability, and we can encourage one another along life’s journey. When we are secluded from relationship with others we are more vulnerable to temptation, to developing negative thought patterns, and becoming completely self-absorbed.
When you face offense don’t be like the friend who is hard to win back. Don’t allow yourself to become a fortified city where no one is allowed to come in. Is there anyone that you need to extend grace to today? Is there a relationship that was broken over an offense that you need to repair? Ask God to give you wisdom and grace to be able to overlook what was said or what has happened. Proverbs 19:11 says, “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”
Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor