Freedom from the Bondage to Offenses
By Dr. Dale A. Robbins
It’s probably happened to all of us at some time or another. Someone offended us by what they said or did. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an offense is “something which outrages the senses.” Those who are offended are sometimes described as “hurt, wounded, upset, insulted, disappointed, irritated, angry” and so forth.
It’s unfortunate that offenses ever occur, but the Bible indicates that if we keep our focus upon God and His Word, He will maintain such peace in our heart that we can become resistant to offenses. “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them” (Psa. 119:165 KJV). Obviously, offensive things will still come our way, but we need not be offended by them. The Lord is our reliable source of peace in all the circumstances of this life. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3).
We are also charged with a responsibility to guard our own conduct from causing offenses which could harm the faith of other believers... Read More >>