I believe our offense is the single most powerful weapon we can hand the enemy. The devil wants us angry and offended and the way to stay offended is to stay quiet. Now don’t get me wrong…I don’t believe that we need to go around spilling every little thing that we think to every person that we become offended by. Sometimes not keeping quite just mean talking to God. Most of the time, our offense has more to do with the condition of our own heart than the action of our offender. AND….in my experience it distracts me from what God is doing in my life.
In Acts 6 we have an example of an offense between the Hellenistic Jews and the Hebraic Jews. “In those days when the numbers of disciples were increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.”
When I read this passage I can’t help but wonder how long this was going on before they spoke up. As human beings we have a tendency to complain when we do not feel that we are being treated fairly. The longer we sit and allow an offense to fester the more of an offense we take on. Really, there is nothing in scripture that would make us think that the Hebraic Jews were purposefully neglecting the Hellenistic Jews. My guess is that there was already an offense and the enemy attacked. Instead of voicing their needs, I can see how these widows could have accused the Hebrews of purposefully neglecting them. I think at times we all look at the actions of people and make a claim to their integrity verses understanding their heart. When we are wounded actions speak magnitudes. Actions matter, yes, but out of our pain sometimes we see through a filter that breeds negativity. I believe this is one reason that as Christians it is important that we praise God even in the storm. That we pray for His eyes and His heart. That we remain rooted in Him and in His love. Where the enemy wants to distract us, God wants to grow us.
Are you holding on to an offense? As the lovely Cindy Willingham would say, “How’s that working for ya?” We all experience offense sometimes and in the spirit of transparency I’m dealing with it in this season….AND IT AINT WORKING. I don’t know about y’all, but it’s time to stop looking at the distractions of the enemy and get back to running the race.
Hebrew 12:1-2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
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Your Turn: Is it time to lay down your offense? Take a few minutes to thank God for the freedom He brings when we lay down our offense. Share your thoughts below in Leave a Reply. ~ Ginny