I've heard it said that the enemy's greatest weapon against believers is offense. Think about it. Who in your life has offended you? How are you handling it? Do they even realize they have offended you? I hate to think there is anyone out there who I have inadvertently hurt who is harboring resentment and anger toward me and I don't even realize it.
can easily get offended and rather than confront the person with
gentleness and a sincere desire for reconciliation, we harbor it, nurse
it, talk to others about it and eventually it creates division and
dissension. I shudder to think of how Satan must get so much perverted
pleasure out of watching us do this to ourselves. Our resentment and
bitterness grows like a well-fertilized weed and it slowly chokes the
life out of us.
This person had no idea what they had done.
None whatsoever. We chatted about it and this person said they
completely understood how I could have perceived it to be the way I
thought it was, but once I understood their perspective, I realized I
was way off the mark. I've since asked forgiveness and we have
reconciled but along the road of the past year or so I've been hurt,
angry and resentful and all for no reason whatsoever.
that's why Satan enjoys this weapon so much? It's something that can
destroy relationships, hurt feelings and corrode our love all with one
fell swoop! It's like killing three birds with one stone. And
unfortunately, it we fall for this trap very often.
If there is someone in your life who has offended you, ask yourself a couple of questions:
Do they even know they have offended you? Usually, the person who has
done the offending has no idea that they have done so, all the while,
your anger and resentment are eating you alive.
Have you repeated the offense to anyone else? (Proverbs 17:9 tell us
that he who covers an offense promotes love, but he who repeats a matter
separates close friends.)
3) Have you prayed about confronting the person in the spirit of love and reconciliation?
If you have confronted and are still offended, or you do not feel
confrontation is necessary, could you consider overlooking the offense
for the sake of love?
It's time to get serious
about this and stop this weapon of mass destruction from destroying our
witness and creating division among us!
tells us that people will know we are Christians by our love. But it
really does seem that the enemy is gaining ground in the church by using
this dirty, under-handed weapon of offense. After all, weren't we
extended grace, though we were offensive to God? Romans 5:8 reminds us, "But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners."
Since we have be shown grace, can't we show it to others? Will they know we are Christians by our love?