One of the Most Important Lessons we need to learn from God is this: We must refuse to be offended.
Your emotional and spiritual maturity is largely measured by how you treat people who mistreat you. Do you try to get even when somebody does you wrong? If they hit you, do you hit back? If they insult you, do you insult back? If you do, then you are on the same level as they are.
The Bible says, “Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief” (Proverbs 21:23). When it comes to personal relationships, God says, “Don’t be so easily offended. Ask me to help you get over it.”
You need to pray, “God, give me a tender heart and a tough hide.” Most of us are just the opposite. We’re thin-skinned and tough-hearted. When somebody looks cross-eyed at you on the freeway, somebody cuts you off, or somebody is rude to you, don’t let it bother you. Don’t get upset about it. You know that person is just having a tough day. Ask God to give you thicker skin!
The Bible says, “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense” (Proverbs 19:11). When you understand people’s background and their current condition, it’s easier to show mercy.
God wants to give you wisdom and patience to overlook their offense!
Have a Terrific Tuesday!
Pastor Dickie and Tammy