Daily Read - 1 Kings 15:25-17:24; Acts 10:24-48; Psalm 134:1-3; Proverbs 17:9-11
Overlook an offense and bond a friendship; fasten on to a slight and - good-bye, friend!
The Message Translation
Offense is one of the most heinous weapons the enemy possesses to cause strife and disunity in the body of Christ. The Word of God speaks explicitly on this subject exposing how this diabolical spirit systematically weaves its web of discord in the church among brothers and sisters.
The enemy counts on our predictability to lure us into situations that feed wounded areas in our heart resulting in soulish reactions opening the door to offense. This spirit lurks around at every corner waiting for the signal to pounce on unsuspecting victims. As soon as his cohorts of deception, distortion, and unforgiveness do their bidding, they signal for offense to go in for the kill.
When offense comes, it has one intention and one intention only, to rob, steal, and kill. Nothing good ever comes from harboring offense; it is a deadly poison that injects itself into the deepest places of wounding within our hearts. If overlooked and not tended too, this venomous spirit grows into a monstrous beast consuming everything in its path.
It consumes and wrecks relationships; hinders our Christian growth; and wreaks havoc in our physical bodies. It affects all areas of our life locking us down in our triune being spirit, soul, and body. We become a prisoner to its insidious plans and purposes for our life while our destiny in God remains on hold.
At this point, we must ask ourselves some serious questions. Is holding onto our offense worth the relationship of a friend or family member? Is harboring unforgiveness worth the toll it takes on our physical body? Is our justification for our sin worth displeasing our Lord Jesus? Do we really want to stay imprisoned to the plans of the enemy or do we want to let go and release all offense so we can enter into our kingdom destiny?
As we read in Proverbs 17:9, are we willing to overlook an offense to save a friendship or do we want to hold on to it and say good-bye to relationships? The choice is yours to make.
This is a very serious moment and should not be taken lightly. Your destiny calls out to you beckoning you to finish your race well. This is your time to come before the presence of God and allow Him to reveal to you if offense has lodged somewhere within your heart. Do not brush this off as insignificant or inapplicable, but take a good, hard, and honest look into the depths of your soul.
If there are areas where you see the poison of offense, repent and allow the healing and cleansing waters of Jesus to wash over them bringing them out of captivity into the freedom of His glorious redemption. Amen, so be it Lord!