“Not Easily Offended”

caution_largeAhh, this message hits home for me and it should for anyone else who finds themselves “easily disappointed” by people. That’s what I call it. Some say it’s “being sensitive,” but it’s all just a nice way of saying “people easily offend me!” Well, one of the ministers at my church explains why this characteristic is harmful, especially to the body of Christ.

“Not Easily Offended”
Minister Jerrod Smith
Mt Gilead Full Gospel Int’l Ministries

* Don’t get offended by others, or how God blesses them. This is a selfish spirit. If you do, this will cause you not to receive your blessing. God says I will bless those that bless you and curse those that curse you. 

Mark 6:1-6 (NIV)
…”Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given Him, that he even does miracles!… And they took offense of Him”

In a nutshell, these verses from the Gospel of Mark tell the story of how some people close to Jesus were offended by Him. They were troubled by who He claimed to be and doubted who He was. 

* “Offend” in Greek means: entice to sin. And that’s essentially what satan does. If you allow him, he will make you think, “people are always out to get me, hurt me, and disappoint me.” When you “get offended” by someone, you are tempted to sin whether you realize it or not: tempted to dislike them, wish bad things upon them, even envy them (wishing you could make them feel as bad as they made you feel) Don’t get caught up in this! The only way to fight this feeling is to show love no matter what. 

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

* People make mistakes. If God gives us mercy, why can’t we offer mercy to one another? It’s a commandment: We must love one another. There’s no condition on love. (Ex. I’ll love you IF you never hurt me, I’ll love you IF you help me when I need it, etc) Love has no IF’s, it is unconditional. 

Something to think about: Try to have an “easy to please” spirit and put your expectations in God (not people) because only He is perfect.

1 Comment

  1. Hi There
    Spending the weekend at Mt Pinos Ski .
    Is it freezing cold?
    Its not the Sierra’s, but ,
    I hung out at, like Snow Creek Ski and Hidden Valley Ski Missouri

    Peace on Earth

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