And see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:24
“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 dot become Christlike and to become offendable.
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 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 freeing!
Even knowing that, it is still not natural or always easy and rarely my first reaction. Oh, Lord! I pray for the day that it is. My flesh wants to hold 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 choose 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 choose to cast it away once and for all so I can walk in unity and love and focus and bear lasting fruit on the way everlasting. In Jesus Name! Amen!!!
The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. – Proverbs 19:11
He that covereth a transgression Seeketh love; but he that repeater has a matter separateth very friends. – Proverbs 17:9
Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed. – 2 Corinthians 6:3
Let us not therefore judge one another any more; but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. – Romans 14:1
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:24