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How not to take offence

by Bruno Deshayes on 10 Nov 2016 permalink
Forgive and let go. Opportunities abound for us to get ticked off at what someone else does. Does that mean you have to let everyone trample all over you just to have peace? Obviously that wouldn't be peace...

Yet we are called to love our enemies. Ouch! That's a hard ask... It's only possible if you are totally assured of your identity in Christ. Remember He wants to be your burden bearer. Whatever you can't handle just pass it over to Him...

Well said preacher - let me step on your foot and see if you scream or squirm in pain... Yet as you mature spiritually you find that your tolerance level rises. You are able to put up with more imbeciles than before. In fact they are not imbeciles at all - they are precious in God's sight - they just don't know it yet. Why don't you tell them?

So you've made your point and they still laugh their head off. Forgive and let go. You have done what you could.

There is ingrained in us a call for justice - a desire to put wrongs right. Things always start in your own backyard. We have an authority to exercise. How you use that authority will determine if you will be granted more.

Are there people who feel wronged by you? Is it worth apologizing to them? What would be the best approach? Can a relationship be restored? What is the value of a new friend to you?

People do things that are careless, irresponsible, selfish, dangerous, plain stupid. But there is always a tomorrow... The past is the past and you can't go back and fix it. There is one thing though you have control over: Will you let that offense spoil your future? How can you move on from the issue? The perpetrator is probably oblivious to it all but you are the one bound by anger, bitterness and distrust. Well this is the deal: As you forgive others, God will forgive you. Now that's a tall order. You realise the economy of forgiveness goes around full circle.

As you cotton on with God you realise His character will ooze out of you. They are things you don't know about the offending party. What you know though is that God knows everything. In the light of eternity He has a perfect answer for every problem you face. You created a few problems of your own if you're honest. He can fix your broken pieces. Will you let Him?



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