Defense to offense

If you are standing on the truth, a lie cannot offend you. The most common use of a lie is to spare one's feelings. So, if a lie by design is used specifically to avoid offense, ask yourself what exactly is offending you the next time this feeling arises.

Appreciate the gifts that God has given to you. A neglect of this, can lead to us establishing idols in our lives. Idols that have their own flaws, which when revealed, lead to us taking offense because we placed our hopes in them. That idol never changed but our perception of them did.

An offense originates from us first believing in a lie.

Our God is an awesome God. Embracing his fulness should not make him any less awesome. Jesus Christ embodied the fullness of love. Love will produce an indescribable feeling of joy but not by making us "feel good". That good feeling is a byproduct of love. True love is mercy. Having the power and reason to exercise your authority but showing forgiveness. Jesus walked in the mercy of his Father. Take the following verse:

“And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments”

Nehemiah 1:5

While the words great and terrible would seem to oppose one another, they represent God in his entirety. This presents a problem for some as we already have an image in our minds of "a loving God" based on our standards. As a result, we cling to words that excite us in the moment and love those that condone our carnal desires. Our emotions can and will be used against us if we are not careful.

When you're easily offended, you're easily persuaded.

When God shows you the truth by way of his Holy Spirit, stand on that truth. Do not waver or change perspectives. Truth is a gift and you may only ever get once chance to receive it.

God is the spirit of truth, so if truth offends you, you've become conditioned to turn your back on God.

Holding onto offense builds a spirit of unforgiveness. It hardens our hearts as most do not desire to hear another word after becoming offended. Harden not your hearts. If we fail to forgive others, how would we expect God to forgive us? Overcoming offense is a blessing that I pray you receive. Surrender to truth and walk in mercy.

Verses to read:

And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

Luke 7:23

And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Matthew 21:44

But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

Romans 2:2 - 2:6