Psalm 139:24 – And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. “What feels like an offense is, in reality, a door to our destiny. Consider Joseph, he suffered attempted murder, betrayal and slavery; he was unjustly accused and unfairly imprisoned. Yet Joseph took the injustice he experienced from men and transferred those offenses to the Lord, His almighty Redeemer. You see, how we handle offense reveals where we are yet controlled by our flesh. If you want to reach your destiny, you must become Christlike in your crisis. In a word, you must become unoffendable.” –In Christ’s Image Training Pastor Francis Frangipane posted this today on his ministry Facebook page. It is a quote from one of his teachings in his training school. It impacted my life the first time I heard it and since. Every time he posts this, I repost and I will likely continue to do so. I do it because it is a reminder to me of my training, that my training continues and my need to keep pressing into the Lord to become Christlike and to become unoffendable.
Offense is one of my hardest present struggles. In and of myself I can’t let things go but I have learned that I must quickly give things to the Lord. We live in a society that “honors” offense and tries to create victims from those offenses at every turn. But holding on to an offense is like being underwater too long and unable to breathe. It creates that kind of desperation and draws you that close to death. Letting it go is like finally rising to the top and getting that desperate breath that calms. Oh yes, it is that freeing!!!
Even with knowing that, it is still not natural or always easy and almost never my first reaction. Oh, Lord! I pray for the day that it is. My flesh wants to hang on to so much. But, as many things are, I have learned that letting go of offense is a choice. It is a decision that you have to make and then lay it on the altar, walk away and let Jesus handle it. And then sometimes I have to make the choice not to go back and pick it up again. Offense is a huge stumbling block and distraction and the enemy loves it when we are so wrapped up in an offense that we are doing nothing fruitful for the Kingdom of God. I am still learning.
My prayer – HELP me, Father, today not to hold onto any offense. Show me where it is hiding in my heart and help me make the choice to cast it away once and for all so I can walk in unity and love and focus and bearing lasting fruit on the way everlasting…in Jesus Name! Amen!!!
Proverbs 19:11 – The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
Proverbs 17:9 – He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
2 Corinthians 6:3 – Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
2 Corinthians 10:5 – Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Romans 14:13 – Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
Psalm 139:24 – And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.