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Don't Be Offended

Beth Jones

"Overlook an offense and bond a friendship; fasten on to a slight and—good-bye, friend!" Proverbs 17:9 MSG

One of the biggest relationship killers is an "offense." Jesus said offenses would come, but if we want to have long-lasting, healthy friendships, we are smart to overlook them. It can be little things that ruin friendships, families, marriages, church and work relationships. Don't let the enemy ensnare you through an offense.

Offenses aren't always big, glaring, ugly and obvious. Sometimes, it's the little things—someone forgot to call you back, never answered your email, didn't 'friend' you on Facebook, walked past you and didn't say hi, never sent a thank-you note or spoke to you in words that contained little sarcastic put-downs. All of these things start to add up and you find yourself irritated and aggravated with someone. The biggest bummer is that sometimes the person who offended you doesn't even know it. Maybe the reason for the "offense" you feel has been the result of someone's computer that has been on the fritz, a social media account that they never check, a sick parent who has preoccupied their thoughts or financial stress that has caused them to be short with their words.

Offenses aren't always yours—sometimes, you can pick up someone else's offense. For example, a friend of yours is hurt because another friend of yours forgot to send flowers during his or her hospital stay, and although you weren't in the hospital, you are now offended too. You've picked up an offense and now everything is clouded by the offense you have. This type of thing happens in churches, in families, at work, among friends and in many relationships.

So, how can we avoid offense?

Believe the best! Love is not easily offended. Love believes the best. Love says… "There must be a reasonable explanation..." Love says, "I know the character of my friend, my employer, my employees, my co-workers, my spouse, my kids, my pastor, my church family…and I know in their hearts they'd never want to offend me"

Let your love cover! "Hatred stirs up contentions, but love covers all transgressions." (Prov. 10:12, AMP) Love covers a multitude of sins. Love will give grace.

Don't spread the offense! "A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends." (Prov. 16:28, NLT) Don't tell your best friend all the juicy details of something that will cause them to take up your strife or offense. Talk to the Lord about it and pray for those involved.

Forgive and reconcile! "Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift." (Matt. 5:23-24, NKJV) Inasmuch as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

Say It: "Father, today I choose to not be offended. I will overlook offenses in my life. I choose to believe the best and to cover any offenses with love. I will not spread offenses, but I will seek ways to forgive and reconcile with others.  In Jesus' Name. Amen."