Tag Archive | taking offense

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.