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The Lord sure has been speaking to me from Matthew 24. The last couple of days it has been mostly on this one verse:

“and then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.” ~ Matthew 24:10

If you read it in the context of verse 4-14, It is an important warning on offense. When the temptation to pick up offense presents itself it is time to stop it in its tracks or to flee it. You can’t afford to allow yourself to be offended or to justify offense…no matter the actions or words of others. I see in this verse – offense, betrayal, hatred = DEATH.  I also am struck by the word – many. Many will be offended. Will you be one of those many? Will I?

And, I hear the Lord saying, BEWARE!!!”  

As I have meditated on this briefly tonight, I was reminded of these scriptures:

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. ~ John 10:10

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. ~ John 15:12

Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.~ Proverbs 10:12

And above all things have fervent charity (love) among yourselves: for charity (love) shall cover the multitude of sins. ~ 1 Peter 4:8

The enemy seeks to kill, steal and destroy and he often uses people. These are the same people that we are told to LOVE!  You can’t truly love and have room in your heart for offense.

Father, You are opening this to me for a reason so Holy Ghost I ask you please help me to hear all that You wish to say. I ask You to show me areas of my life that I am holding onto offense and or anything rooted in offense that I may repent and be delivered from them completely with Your help. I thank you that on the cross you carried offense to the grave that I would have LIFE more abundantly. And, Lord I ask you to fill me, full and overflowing, with LOVE for YOU and YOUR LOVE for others! In Jesus Name! AMEN!!