Offense: Take It or Leave It

Soul Detox

Part 10

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13 NIV)

Man and Woman 4 WebLet’s face it—offenses happen. And some of us are more easily offended than others are.

But what do the not-so-easily-offended people have that the rest of us seem to lack? I can’t speak for the vast majority since I’m just learning the better way myself. But I can share with you some of the lessons I’m putting into practice.

Years ago, there was an individual who “rubbed” me the wrong way. Whether deliberate or not, I can’t say. But she stung like a bee to the point of my leaving in a state of bewilderment and tears every time I was around her. As much as I may have wanted to totally avoid her, that was not an option, so I managed to schedule our encounters as far apart as possible. I prayed for hours, if not days, prior to the necessary meetings. Yet I still found myself incredibly hurt by her words.

I distinctly remember going to the altar one night at church, pleading with God to show me away to forgive her and reconcile our relationship. In the months to come, this is what He showed me: Read more

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

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