We are sinners who sin. Sin is full of offensive and harmful actions and we will encounter this on a regular basis. Even the truths of God are offensive at times because they point to areas of our heart not fully surrendered to Him. Any time we supplement God’s truth for our truth, His truth offends.
Often, we feel or say, “I’m offended,” when what we really mean is, “I’m hurt by what you said (or did).” Or, “I don’t agree with what you said (or did).” Another person’s words and deeds might truly be harmful, but sometimes they aren’t.
I can remember that other people are flawed, as I am also. God is the creator all mankind and we are all in need of God’s love.
Friend, our experiences are valid. They are ours. We must choose to let God help us sort through them so we are less easily offended and less likely to offend.
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