Tag Archive | taking offense

Matthew 21:14-15 ” The blind and the lame came to Him at the Temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things He did and the children shouting in the Temple area, ‘Hosanna to the son of David,’ they were indignant.”

Jesus had just cleared the Temple area of the money-changers and merchants.  The crowd then started bringing Him all their sick…and He healed them all it says.  To add to this building excitement, the children were running among the people shouting praises to God!  But when the Pharisees and the Sadducees entered the Temple area, they didn’t see the amazing miracles, or hear the beautiful worship… they instead took offense.  Rather than rejoicing in the goodness of God, they in selfish indignation chose to be insulted and offended by what they saw and heard.   We need to be wary of taking the bait of Satan, which is taking offense…especially during this current time of difficulty and fear.  We can’t judge or second guess people when we don’t know all that’s going on in their life right now.  We also can’t allow selfish anger to well up when we think our needs aren’t being met.  Now is the time to turn outside ourselves, to guard against taking offense, and to come together.

Hebrews 12:15 ” See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

A root of bitterness flourishes in the person that takes offense easily.  For when they feel that someone has insulted them…they react not with grace but with indignity and resentment.  And if allowed to grow, this root of bitterness leads to a wounded spirit that is of no use to God. And when this happens among Believers in a Church setting…this is when we see division and disunity.  As Believers, we need to fight for unity within the Body…not murmur, gripe, and easily take offense.

Matthew 6:12 ” Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

Peter asked Jesus just how many times he had to forgive someone, and he used the Old Testament number of seven. (Genesis 4:24)  But Jesus answered Peter’s question by saying, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”  So it’s not really about numbers, it’s more about our response to that transgression against us.  When we forgive someone, we’re letting go of resentment…we’re refusing to take offense…and we’re not allowing a root of  bitterness to grow.  For just as God forgives us, we must forgive others. (Matthew 6:14-15)

Job 36: 13 ” The godless in heart harbor resentment…”

Every once in a while I  come across a person who enjoys holding onto bitterness.  They  recount to me impressive  dates and details of  past hurts and offenses.  They wear these perceived insults as badges,  ever brooding over them…playing  them over and over in their minds.  Pathetically, their vindictiveness and obsession has literally  taken over their entire life.  This root of bitterness has taken ahold,  and grown into an ugly creature that  no one can hardly recognize.