What To Do When You're Offended
Posted: Wednesday, July 15
1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30
Verse of the day:
Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs. (Proverbs 19:11)
Are you easily offended? I used to be! I used to allow others to hurt my feelings. I replayed what they said over and over in my mind. I used to allow resentment to take root in my heart. It wasn’t until I understood I had a choice that I realized I was wrong. Unknowingly I had chosen to nurture my resentment because I was hurt. However, God pointed out that I could choose not to be easily offended. In other words, He said “it is your responsibility to stop resentment from taking root in your heart.” As soon as I accepted this, my attitude started to change and I was healed.
You see, every day you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get offended by things or people you can’t control! Yet, even if you can’t always control your circumstances, you can control how you react to them. Today, I invite you to stop resentment from taking root in your heart by (1) choosing to forgive others because you realize that they are flawed and wounded people just like you; and, (2) choosing to overlook their offense by giving them the benefit of the doubt.
Yes, you were wronged and they did hurt you. God isn’t asking you to deny your past. He is inviting you to forgive and to overlook their offense because He did the same for you. Don’t allow yourself to be easily offended. Choose to live for God!