We’re all guilty of this.
Something is written or said, and often times without proper reading or thought, we quickly take offense.
It’s never enough to quietly take something that was never given to us in the first place; we must now boldly and unashamedly declare our theft of offense to all who must hear it.
Burdened with the desire to rid ourselves of this stolen and now unwanted badge of offense, we proudly demand restoration in the form of recanting or an apology to a self-inflicted bruised ego.
To the believing one, know that there is actually a blessing in not taking offense in The Word (Christ Jesus).
Jesus: “… And blessed is he who is not offended in Me.”
There was a time that Jesus was teaching a multitude at a synagogue in the city of Capernaum.
They clearly misunderstood His words.
The majority chose to take offense at what He taught and murmured among themselves, “how can this man give us His flesh to eat?”
However, instead of recanting, apologizing, or rephrasing in a more palatable way, Jesus repeated His statement.
As a result, from that time, many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.
Jesus turned to the twelve that were left and simply asked them: “do you want to go also?”
The lesson here:
“Jesus was not seeking to turn people away, but He was not going to compromise to keep them.”
We should not seek to be offensive, but strive to speak our truth in love.
And, if offense is given, let’s take the opportunity to say “no, thank you!” And where none is given, please let’s not take steal it.