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- A common theme the Lord has put on my mind and in my teaching is forgiveness, biblical confrontation and reconciliation.
- At some point in all relationships, we will either be offended or offend someone–the key is handling it God’s way.
- I recently dealt with a “perceived” offense that reminded me of a perceived offense from many years ago.
- Let’s talk about how the Lord helped me work through both situations.
7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
I John 4:20
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
Rather than stew in the situation or “fill in the blanks”, I was led to go the person and ask what happened.Tweet
BCU Fam, since we know that offenses are part of our relationships and our walk with Christ, it’s important for is to handle them biblically. If not, our pride will keep us offended, angry, accusing, bitter and hateful–and none of these are attributes of God. Moreover, we jeopardize our relationship with God and our place in Heaven. No offense on earth is worth keeping us away from Jesus, right? Let’s ask God to search our hearts to see if there is any situation where we need to forgive and/or confront the person. Once we do, He will instruct us as to how to handle the situation so the results will be perfect, because God is perfect. Amen? Amen!
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